Updated status for Public Meetings, Sept. 8

As of Aug. 26: There is updated status for the two neighbourhood buildings on the agenda at the Etobicoke York Community Council.

a) Concerning a request to amend the zoning by-law to permit the construction of an eight-storey building at 2978-2982 Dundas St. W. and 406-408 Pacific Avenue. Recent status update.

b) Concerning a request to amend the zoning by-law to permit a 1,670 sq.m. grocery store to use part of the existing building at 108 Vine Avenue. Recent status update.

Affected persons are invited to attend and to address the Etobicoke York Community Council in person or in writing.  Recommendations of the Council will then be forwarded to Toronto City Council for its consideration.  See the full text of both notices and recent updates at the links above.

JRA e-newsletter — September 2015

===========    News, Opportunities, and Ongoing   =========

The 400th anniversary reenactment of the 1615 Brûlé-Wendat Expedition:  This is the 400th anniversary of the historic portaging down the Toronto Carrying Place Trail to reach the shores of Lake Ontario in Swansea.  The reenactment will take three days, and is scheduled to reach Swansea in the afternoon of Sun., Sep. 13, to join the Swansea 8000 celebration, 12-6 pm at Lucy Maud Montgomery Park, 222 Riverside Dr., just east of the Humber River, between Bloor St. and the lake.  Numerous events and activities (see two websites above).  “Come and meet 25 of Swansea’s most famous historical characters from the First Nations, French and British periods.”  See related events below:  children’s event on Sat., Sep. 12; historical walk on Sat., Sep. 19; and leader’s talk at Lambton House on Sun., Sep. 27.


Development in the Junction:  There are decisions to be made soon on three proposed buildings; the history and current status of each of these is explained at www.ward13.ca under “Developments.”
•   108 Vine Ave.:  application to permit a 1,670 sq.m. grocery store in the western portion of 108 Vine Ave, and a parking lot at 162 Vine Ave.  There were questions about the resulting traffic, which will be discussed at a public meeting on Sep. 1 with Councillor Doucette and members of the Toronto Transportation Dept., to be held on Sep. 1, 6:45-8:15 pm, at Annette Public Library, 145 Annette St.  See poster for this meeting at http://www.ward13.ca. For history and current status of this project, see Councillor Doucette’s report
•   2978 Dundas St. W. (at Pacific Ave.)
The two projects above will be voted on at the Sep. 8 meeting of Etobicoke York Community Council; the agenda for this meeting is posted.  The public can submit statements in writing or register to speak to the committee in person at this meeting.  See updated status reports on these two.
•   3260 Dundas St. W. (at Gilmour Ave.):  Decisions about requested variances will be made by the Committee of Adjustment (Etobicoke York section) on Sep. 10, 10 am, at the York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Ave. W.   The public can submit statements in writing or register to speak to the Committee in person.  For more information, please contact the Committee of Adjustment, Etobicoke York district office at 416-394-8060


The following three items of interest are copied from Councillor Doucette’s late-August email newsletter:

High Park Nature Centre Board Volunteer Opportunity:  The High Park Nature Centre is looking to fill the Secretary member for the Board of Directors. Do you love nature?  Are you looking for a way to make a difference?  Do you have experience with corporate governance or record keeping or have a law degree?  If yes, please consider applying by Sep. 25.  See details at website above.

Last chance for Live Green Toronto Community Grants:  Since 2008, Live Green Toronto has awarded grants of up to $30,000 for environmentally beneficial projects that address community needs such as: park enhancements, school yard improvements, local food gardens, bike infrastructure, tree planting and much more.  The deadline to submit an expression of interest is Sep. 25.  Eligible applicants include: resident associations, parent councils, community groups, not-for-profit organizations and Business Improvement Areas; individuals and businesses are not eligible.  See details at website above.

2015 TTC Public Forum on Accessible Transit:  The TTC will host their annual public forum on Accessible Transit on Wed., Sep. 16, at 6 pm, at the Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place (105 Princes’ Boulevard).  The forum is to hear from customers with disabilities about improvements to the TTC’s conventional and specialized services, and to inform customers of TTC accessibility initiatives. There will be one-on-one discussions from 6-7 pm, followed by an open public forum 7-9 pm.


From High Park Coalition, July 25:  “The OMB has rendered a decision in favour of the Developer (High Park Bayview Inc). After more than 11 months of deliberation, the OMB has approved the proposed Zoning By-Law Amendment; allowing the development of two 25-storey buildings along 51-77 Quebec Ave and 40-66 High Park Ave.  The High Park Coalition Executive team is extremely disappointed in the outcome…  The OMB’s decision can be found here.”  Further information was sent out on Aug. 8, you can read it hereEd. note: This topic was inadvertently left out of the email newsletter last month — our apologies.  


Local farmers markets are continuing through the fall:
•   Junction Farmers Market – Saturdays, 9-1, Dundas W. & Pacific
•   Sorauren Farmers Market – Mondays, 3-7, Sorauren Park
•   Annette Village Farmers Market – Wednesdays, 3-7, Runnymede Presbyterian Church, 680 Annette St.

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Note:  All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
===  Scroll down for  Events for children  
== and ==   Recurring events   ===

Tue., Sep. 1 – Traffic Calming meeting about Vine Avenue, Annette St. Library, basement meeting room, 6:45-8:15 pm.  See longer announcement above under News / Development in the Junction.

Wed., Sep. 2 – High Park Nature Walk, 10 am.  Meet at the Park entrance, Bloor St. W. and High Park Ave. for a 2-1/2-hour circular walk.  Leader: Miles Hearn.  General info at http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org/v-walks.htm

Wed., Sep. 2 – Urban Bat Walk, High Park, 6:30-8:30 pm.  “Echolocation By Bats” with Dr. Paul Faure.  Come to High Park for an evening hike to learn more about bats in Toronto, including which species are at risk, and how you can help.  Hike to bat hot-spots in the park, and practice using hand held bat monitors.  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. Meet at High Park Forest School, inside the park just south of Bloor and High Park Ave.  See more walks listed below under Recurring Events.

Mon., Sep. 7 – Free Yoga in High Park with Christine,10 am, at the big Maple Leaf on the southeast side of Grenadier Pond.  Come on out and salute the sun!  OPEN TO ALL so bring your partner, kids, parents, friends, neighbours!  Please bring your own mat.  An event in partnership with Flow Active.

Tue., Sep. 8 – Meeting of Etobicoke York Community Council, Etobicoke Civic Center, 9:30 am.  See longer discussion above under News / Development in the Junction.

Thu., Sep. 10 – Meeting of Committee of Adjustment (Etobicoke York section), York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Ave. W., 10 am.  See discussion above under News / Development in the Junction.

Fri., Sep. 11 – BroadBelly Band at Pub Night, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Doors open 6:30 pm, music from 8 to midnight by this country rock band.  Free admission; sandwiches, beer, wine, coffee, snacks for sale.  Bus #55 from Jane TTC station, or #30 from High Park or Islington stations.

Sat., Sep. 12 – Please donate blood at Swansea Town Hall, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, Rousseau Room, main floor. Please bring your donor or ID card.  For more information, call 416-974-9900 or see Canadian Blood Services website.

Sat., Sep. 12 – High Park: Oak Savannah as a Threatened Habitat, 11 am.  Meet at the Park entrance, Bloor St. W. and High Park Ave. Leaders: Joanne Doucette, TFN, and Michelle Dileo, President, Society for Conservation Biology.  “Come tour this rare fire-dependent ecosystem and discover its origins, characteristics, beautiful and rare plants, threats it faces, etc. Circular route. Some hills, steep paths and rough ground, as well as poison ivy.  Bring lunch, a drink, and binoculars.  Ends about 3 pm.”  General info at http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org/v-walks.htm

Sun., Sep. 13 –  Swansea 8000 celebration, Lucy Maud Montgomery Park, 222 Riverside Dr. (just east of the Humber River, between Bloor St. and the lake), 12-6 pm.  See fuller description above in News section.

Tue., Sep. 15 – Funding Cities With Renewable Resources, presentation by Green 13, Jane/Dundas Library, 6:15 pm.  [changed from Sep. 8 date previously announced]  A new way of make our cities sustainable is presented by Green 13 Vice-Chair Paul Mero.  The most efficient heating and cooling systems — district-based ground source geothermal — can also generate sustainable funding for local transit, and would be an incentive for the Province, cities, companies and residents to switch to locally available ground source geothermal.  Followed by a discussion.

Wed., Sep. 16 - 2015 TTC Public Forum on Accessible Transit, 6 pm.  See above in News section.

Wed., Sep. 16 – Movie Night:  “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2015, 122 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.   The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy, posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals, so Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel.  Same director, writer, and stars as the first film. [Note: Postponed from previously announced Aug. 26.] 

Fri.-Sun., Sep. 18-20 – Ukrainian Festival and Sidewalk Sale, Bloor St. West, between Jane St. and Runnymede Rd.

Sat.-Sun., Sep. 19-20 – Roncesvalles Polish Festival, Roncesvalles from Queen to Dundas.

Sat., Sep. 19 – Humber Heritage Committee historical walk, assemble 9 am.  Join Lieutenant Governor Simcoe in a reenactment of his 1793 journey up the Toronto Carrying Place.  Departing 9:30 from the parking area south of 8 South Kingsway (The Rousseaux Site – Petro-Canada) by the Humber, ending at the Eglinton and the Humber River.  Bob Roden is the Governor, with historical commentary by guide Madeleine McDowell.  No charge; info 416-767-7633.

Sun., Sep. 20 – HIJ House Reading Series #15 with Miriam Toews and Phil Hall, 260 Ryding Ave., 2-5 pm. An intimate reading, with pies.

Mon., Sep. 21 – Fascinating Fungi: The good, the bad, and the just plain weird, Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm.  Mushrooms and other fungi occur in an astounding variety of colours, shapes and sizes. Some are edible, others are poisonous, while many are just plain strange. Come learn about some of those found right here in Toronto, from a puffball that can produce more than 7 trillion spores, to a mushroom that glows in the dark.  Speaker: Richard Aaron is an accomplished naturalist who has been studying mushrooms and other fungi for over 20 years; see www.natureknowledge.weebly.com.

Tue., Sep. 22 – Simplify Moving to A Simpler Lifestyle, Runnymede Library, 2-3:30 pm.  Have you recently downsized, or are you thinking about moving to a simpler lifestyle, and are overwhelmed by all the decisions that need to be made? Come learn about the traps to avoid and the questions you need to ask. Presented by a Mortgage Broker, Certified Financial Planner and Real Estate Broker, with professional organizer.  To register call 416-393-7697 or email rnstaff@torontopubliclibrary.ca

Tue., Sep. 22 – Your Aging Brain – What’s Happening?  Annette St. Library, 7-8 pm.  What changes occur in the brain as we age, and is this normal?  This presentation will provide an overview of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, the two most common neurodegenerative disorders, including available treatment options.  No scientific knowledge is needed for this event — all are welcome!  The talk is delivered by SciChat, a student-run adult outreach initiative by the Department of Immunology at University of Toronto.  Celebrate Science Literacy Week by expanding your knowledge about your brain!

Wed., Sep. 23 – Benefits of the Urban Forest, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor), 7:30 pm.  Meeting of the Swansea Horticultural Society; presentation by L.E.A.F. and arborist Michael Marcucci.  Info: 416-763-1897.

Thu., Sep. 24 – Vegetarians of High Park dinner at V’s Caribbean restaurant, 1221 Weston Rd. (west of Eglinton), 6:30 pm.  This new all-vegan restaurant is staying open late just for us, so please RSVP by Sun., Sep. 20 to highpark@veg.ca.

Sun, Sep. 27 – Heritage Talk about the 400th anniversary of the Etienne Brulé/Wendat Expedition that followed the Toronto Carrying Place along the Humber River; Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 2 pm.  Speaker:  Christian Bode, leader of the recent reenactment.  Sponsored by Heritage York.  See also Sunday open house and exhibits at Lambton House below under Recurring Events for Adults.

Sun., Sep. 27 – Junction Reads, 3030 Dundas St. W., 4-7 pm.  Join us as we begin our third season at 3030, featuring Loren Edizel, Marianne Miller, Colette Maitland, and Marissa Stapley. Free.

Tue., Sep. 29 – An evening with Crime Writers of Canada, Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm.  Do you love a good crime novel?  Join us for an evening with four authors who share their most recent work: Sharon A. Crawford (host), M. H. Callway, Rob Brunet, and Karen Blake-Hall.

Wed., Sep. 30 – Why NOT make a will?, Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm.  Lawyer Lisa Sticht-Maksymec and Certified Financial Planner Ingrid Denda provide tips on the problems and pitfalls of failing to have a proper will in place. Come and hear about wills and estate planning and common strategies to minimize probate tax.  To register, call 416-393-7697 or email rnstaff@torontopubliclibrary.ca

Wed., Sep. 30 – Healing on the Spiritual Path, Swansea Town Hall, 7 pm.  Medical doctor from Europe reports on a natural way of healing on the spiritual path.  Sponsored by www.bruno-groening.org.  The lecture is free; voluntary donation appreciated.  Seats are limited, please reserve seats at (647) 834-3074 or by email: mslindo@rogers.com

=== Events for children and families (chronological order) === 

****  Recurring events for children and families (by day of week):

West End Walking Group, Thursdays at 10:30 am.  Get out for some exercise and meet some great neighbourhood parents and kids. Walk (kids on stroller or bikes) along the Humber River. Free.  Meet at Etienne Brûlé Park parking lot.

****    One-time events for children and families:

Sat., Sep. 12 – Build a Football Toss Game, 10 am to 12 noon, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W.  Kids will learn how to build a Football Toss Game with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions.  A great free activity for children ages 4-12.  Pre-register at website.

Sat., Sep. 12 – 400th anniversary of Étienne Brûlé’s Journey of 1615, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm.  Hear the story of Turtle Island and Moon Woman’s children. Learn about the Humber River and the trail near by; how it was shared eventually with the French newcomers and later the English.  Presented by Madeleine McDowell, co-chair of the Heritage Committee of the Humber Alliance, and is active with Heritage York, the West Toronto Junction Historical Society, and the Preservation Panel for Etobicoke York.

Sat., Sep. 26 – Doodling Landscapes: A family art adventure, Runnymede Library, 2-4 pm.  Children and their parent/caregiver will explore drawing and colouring on the theme of urban landscapes of Toronto. Children and their parents will work together to create an art piece using elements that are familiar to them. Presented by Sick Muse Art Projects. To register call 416-393-7697.

Sat., Sep. 26 – Batman Day, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  Come dressed as your favourite Batman character and celebrate the adventures of the Caped Crusader with games, activities and a chance to win prizes!  Drop-in event.  Call 416-394-1014 for more information.

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

=== Recurring events, adults (by day of week, Sun-Sat) ===

High Park Walks, first and third Sundays, 10:30 am to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet at the benches, across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of High Park.
•   Sun., Sep. 6:  “Myths and Legends.”  Mystery and history of High Park, from Native times to the present, will be narrated by Colborne Lodge staff.  “Are they entirely myth, are they simply cautionary tales, is there a modicum of truth somewhere? Join us and decide for yourself!”  Participants enjoy a light refreshment at the Lodge at the end of the walk.
•   Sun., Sep. 20:  “Shakespeare in the Park.”  Join us for a social ramble with nature readings from The Bard, presented by writer Julia Bennett.

High Park Stewardship event, Sundays (Sep. 13 and 27), 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, meet in front of Grenadier Cafe.  Volunteer Stewards work with the City of Toronto to protect and restore the remaining natural areas of High Park, removing invasive species from restoration sites.

Lambton House Open House, Sundays, 12-4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas Street.  Free admission and guided tours; refreshments available.  Exhibit “Exploring Where We Live“: A joint project of Heritage York and Baby Point Heritage Foundation explores the history of the Baby Point community through period photographs.  Also see exhibit “The Changing Face of Warren Park,” a collection of photographs, documents and memories of Warren Park over the years.

Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (Sep. 28), Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., come at 12:15 pm, lunch served at 12:30.  WTSS Silver Circle and SASA present a hot, nutritious lunch, $5. An opportunity for adults 55+ years to socialize.  Call 416-653-3535 x.240 to reserve.

Kundalini Yoga, Mondays (from Sep. 14 to Oct. 19), 6:30-8 pm, Annette St. Library.  Breathe, move, sing, relax and meditate with Kundalini Yoga.  Free 6-week series. Come each week or just drop in for the classes you can, no registration required. Bring yourself and a yoga mat!

LadeeBee’s Tuesday Evening Stitching Bee, Tuesdays, 6-10 pm, 3079B Dundas St. W. (enter on Quebec).  Bring your knitting, crochet, hand sewing, spinning, jewelry-making or other portable craft project, and work on it in the company of other like-minded individuals. Stitching Bee attracts mainly knitters, but we welcome everyone for an evening of relaxing, socializing, and crafting in a welcoming atmosphere. Info: 416-605-0811 or info@ladeebee.com.

Toronto Debating Society, alternate Tuesdays (Sep. 8 and 22), 7:30-9:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall, 2nd floor..  A group of people interested in words, ideas & the power of quick thinking.  A non-profit public community organization, we meet from Sep. to May.  Attendance is always free.  See videos on the website, and the topic for each meeting.

The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (Sep. 29), 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.

Shout Sister Choir (Toronto SW chapter), Wednesdays (from Sep. 9), 7-9 pm, Emmanuel Howard Park United Church, 214 Wright St. All-woman choir practices each week, welcomes new members continuously. Director: Kara Santokie.  No audition or music reading is required, varied repertoire (Motown, folk, etc.).  Attend a practice without obligation.

West Bend Community Association meeting, third Wednesday (Sep. 16), 7 pm, Indian Rd. Crescent P.S., 2nd floor teachers’ lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cr.  Agenda for Sep. 16: Update on the designs for the Dupont-Dundas-Annette-Old Weston Road  intersection.   Everyone welcome; agenda for the meeting and minutes from our previous meetings are on our website.

Scottish Country Dancing, Wednesdays (from Sep. 16), 7:15-9:15 pm (newcomers at 7 pm), Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Rd.  With Deirdre MacCuish Bark, from the Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society, as leader/instructor. This social group is intended for dancers who wish to practise their reels, jigs and strathspeys at a reasonable pace in a friendly atmosphere. Cost is $7 per session.  Call Dorothy Lothian, 416-762-5037 or Barbara Kalmuk, 416 766-3879 for more information.  Check calendar for future dates.

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.

Conscious Aging: An Experiential Workshop, Thursdays (Sep. 10-Nov.), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  Would you like to explore the possibility of turning the challenges of aging into opportunities for growth?  Join us for a unique 8-week workshop series (we skip Oct. 22, and will add a November date TBD). The workshop goal is to help you become more balanced, self-compassionate and skilled at coping with impermanence and change.  Registration is limited; call the branch to register: 416-393-7697.

West Toronto Junction Historical Society meeting, first Thursday (next meeting in October).

Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday (Sep. 17), 7-10 pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. (at Jane).  9/17 program: Workshop ($20) at 7 pm, concert ($15) by Stephanie Cadman and Jeremy Walmsley from Once the Musical at 8 pm. Tickets for purchase at 416-402-1642 or fiddleshow@gmail.com

Birding Basics – A Program for Seniors, three Thursdays (Sep. 17, 24, Oct. 1), coffee 7:45 am, hike 8-9 am, Grenadier Cafe and High Park Nature Centre.  This new Birding Basic program is designed especially with seniors in mind!  Participants will learn the basics of birding from naturalists, who will lead a moderate hike to help find and identify migratory species in High Park.  For the early birds we’ll have coffee and tea to get conversation started before the hike begins. Fee $20 for all 3 sessions. For info and registration, see website above.

Toronto Swing Dance Society, second Friday, 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W.  Monthly dances for all ages.  Sep 11: TSDS annual Open House.  Special pricing: Free for members and only $5 for non-members.  There will be a variety of dance demonstrations.  No lesson that night; dancing starts at 8 pm.

Family Nature Walks.  No pre-registration necessary, these are drop-in events, great for all ages – bring the whole family!  $2-5 per person suggested donation. Meet at High Park Nature Centre (formerly Forest School), inside the park just south of Bloor and High Park Ave.
•   Sat., Sep. 26 – Let’s Go Blue Jays!  Come appreciate the natural side of baseball. Learn the different species of tree used to make Blue Jays sluggers’ bats, how pines make their way onto the pitcher’s mound, and compare the various historical Blue Jays logos to the actual markings of the bird itself. We will investigate why Blue Jays feel at home in High Park’s endangered black oak savannahs and woodlands, as well as where Blue Jays go in the offseason.

West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club has open games at Baird Park (Keele & Humberside), Sat. at 10 am & 3 pm, Tue. at 11:30 am & 7:30 pm, and Thu. at 7:30 pm.  “Are you new to Lawn Bowling?  It is easy to get started and your first game is on us. Join us any time.”  See more information at their Schedule page, and/or call ahead to confirm there is no change in schedule.

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

Local library book clubs are as follows:
▪  first Tuesday (but this time, Sep. 15), 6:30-7:30 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book
     Club,”call 416-393-7697 to register.
▪  first Wednesday (but this time, Sep. 9), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
▪  first Wednesday (Sep. 2), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
▪  second Monday (Sep. 14), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club,”
     call 416-393-7697 to register.
▪  fourth Monday (Sep. 28), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, Polish Book Club; in Polish.

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Public Meeting on Traffic Calming on Vine Ave., Tue., Sep. 1

Councillor Doucette is holding a meeting about traffic related to the pending rezoning of 108 Vine Ave. The meeting will be in the basement of Annette Library, 6:45-8:15 pm. Join Transportation staff and Councillor Doucette to discuss traffic concerns and choose an option for traffic calming on Vine and McMurray, and Pacific north of Dundas. See poster for this meeting at http://www.ward13.ca. For history and current status of this project, see Councillor Doucette’s report.

Safe Rail Communities Town Hall, Fri., Aug. 21, 7:30-9:30 pm

Based on the huge response and support for Safe Rail Communities received at their first town hall on rail safety in mid-June, they are pleased to announce their second town hall, at the Central YMCA Auditorium, 20 Grosvenor St. (between Wellesley and College TTC stations). Safe Rail Communities will be joined by a panel of experts who will begin with a simulation of a crude oil derailment in densely populated Toronto, and proceed to review why this crude oil is so dangerous, how we can make its transportation by rail safer, and what consequences a derailment has on our environment. See more here.

JRA e-newsletter – August 2015

===========    News, Opportunities, and Ongoing   =========

Parapan Am activities:  (For details on road closures in the High Park neighbourhood on these days, go here.)
Fri., Aug. 7, 11 am – 1 pm.  High Park will be closed to vehicular traffic; no access to parking lots, due to road cycling training activities.
Sat., Aug. 8, 9 am – 2:30 pm.  Parapan Am Cycling Road Race (Men’s and Women’s) – This event is FREE! Enjoy a day in the park and help to cheer on our athletes!


The High Park Nature Center has moved to the Forest School, which is near the north (High Park Ave.) end of the park, just to the east of the two main roads leading in/out of the park there. They say: “Over the past year, the Nature Centre has been planning and preparing for our big move to the High Park Forest School. In the last few weeks of June we finally made it a reality. To commemorate this exciting time, we’re sharing a photo blog of the experience!”


The Canadian Red Cross is offering several courses for middle-school children, teens, and adults at Swansea Town Hall in mid-August.  Courses include Babysitting, At Home All by Myself, First Aid for Kids, and CPR/AED Certification.  Fees depend on course, $35-$75.  To register, or for more information, call Catherine at 905-877-4490.


From thejunctionmusicfestival.com:  “The Junction BIA regrets to announce the cancellation of the 4th annual Junction Music Festival originally scheduled for Saturday, September 19th, 2015. The reason for this decision is because of the effects of the Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games in the city this summer resulting in a number of other events shifting their dates to September 19th.  The festival will return for September 2016. Many thanks to all who have inquired.”


Shakespeare in the Park, continuing through Sep. 6 – In our own back yard, live theatre six nights a week!  “A case of mistaken identity ends in hilarity. A case of mistaken intent results in war. The 33rd season brings two of Shakespeare’s great ‘Roman’ plays: the fast-moving, delightful The Comedy of Errors, and the classic tragedy Julius Caesar.  The shows will be playing on alternate nights through the summer. Pay-what-you-can at the gate or reserve online. Pack a picnic, bring your friends and come enjoy this outdoor theatre tradition.”  Shows start at 8 pm; gate opens at 6 pm.  For schedule of free backstage tours, see website link above. For more information, click “Visitor Info” tab on website.


From High Park Coalition, July 25:  “The OMB has rendered a decision in favour of the Developer (High Park Bayview Inc). After more than 11 months of deliberation, the OMB has approved the proposed Zoning By-Law Amendment; allowing the development of two 25-storey buildings along 51-77 Quebec Ave and 40-66 High Park Ave.  The High Park Coalition Executive team is extremely disappointed in the outcome. The Executive will be meeting with their lawyer to determine what options, if any, are available.  The OMB’s decision can be found here.  Further updates will be communicated. Should you have questions, please email info@highparkcoalition.ca


Local farmers markets:
•   Junction Farmers Market – Saturdays, 9-1, Dundas W. & Pacific
•   Sorauren Farmers Market – Mondays, 3-7, Sorauren Park
•   Annette Village Farmers Market – Wednesdays, 3-7, Runnymede Presbyterian Church, 680 Annette St.


=======    Events coming up, in and near the Junction ======
Note:  All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
===  Scroll down for  Events for children   == and ==   Recurring events   ===

Sun., Aug. 2 – Free Yoga in High Park with Adrienne,10 am, in High Park just west of the Bloor St. entrance.  Come on out and salute the sun!  Please bring your own mat.  An event in partnership with Flow Active.

Sun., Aug. 2 – Lower Humber River Nature Walk, 1:30 pm.  Meet at Old Mill subway station. Walk will go north, to Magwood Park nature reserve, ending at St Mark’s Rd. and Jane St. near coffee shops and TTC, a 5-minute bus ride north of Jane subway station.  Leader: Mary Taylor.  General info at http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org/v-walks.htm

Wed., Aug. 5 – Eglinton Flats Nature and Heritage Walk, 10 am.  Meet at Scarlett Rd. and Eglinton Ave. for a circular walk. Morning only. Scarlett Rd. bus from Runnymede subway station or Eglinton bus will get you to and from there.  Leader:  Madeleine McDowell.  General info at http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org/v-walks.htm

Thu., Aug. 6 – Vegan Potluck, 6:30-8:30 pm.  Join us for a summer vegan potluck in one of our members’ beautiful backyards in the Jane/Bloor area (exact address and directions will be given only to those who RSVP). Please RSVP by Mon., Aug. 3 and let us know what kind of dish you plan to bring (appetizer, dessert, main course, salad, etc.). Please bring your own cutlery and plate.

Wed., Aug. 12 – Urban Bat Walk, 7-9 pm.  “See Like a Bat: Human Echolocation” with Dr. Melvyn Goodale.  Come to High Park for an evening hike to learn more about how some humans are able to use echolocation. Also learn about bats in Toronto, including which species are at risk, and how you can help.  Hike to bat hot-spots in the park, and practice using hand held bat monitors.  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. Meet at High Park Forest School, inside the park just south of Bloor and High Park Ave.  See more walks listed below under Recurring Events.

Thu., Aug. 13 – Summer Book Club, 2-3 pm, Runnymede Library.  Join fellow book lovers for a special summertime book club, reading two books by Canadian authors – Aug. 13 is Cool Water by Dianne Warren.  Registration not required. There are copies of the books to borrow in the branch.

Sun., Aug. 16 – Slow and Steady 5K Walk/Run, High Park, 11 am.  Free, but must register ahead at website.  “For anyone who has felt too big, slow or ashamed to run.  Our programs are designed for your comfort, and to increase strength, both physically and mentally.”

Sun., Aug. 16 – Healthy Walk exploring the Foxwell allotment gardens, the “Toronto Carrying Place” (an Indigenous trade route for millennia), a remnant of Oak Savannah, and the wetland restorations and waterbirds of Smythe Park.  Meet at 2 pm at Jane and Woolner; finish at Jane and Alliance. Walk leaders: Helen Mills and friends.  General info at http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org/v-walks.htm and http://www.lostrivers.ca/content/WalkSchd.html. A joint outing with Toronto Green Community.

Thu., Aug. 20 – High Park Evening Ramble, 6:30 pm.  Meet at the park entrance at Bloor St. W. and High Park Ave. for a circular walk.  Leader: Wendy Rothwell.  General info at http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org/v-walks.htm

Sat., Aug. 22 – Safe Rail Communities Family Fundraiser and Hoop-a-thon, Runnymede Park (on Ryding Ave., north of the rail tracks, east of Runnymede Rd.), 1-5 pm.  Grab a bite to eat from our BBQ; check out the silent auction items generously donated by local businesses; lots of activities for kids.  Our hoop-a-thon will raise funds to support our work in advocating for greater transparency and safeguards for the  transportation of dangerous goods by rail.  You can sign up to participate as part of our hoop-a-thon team, collect sponsorships, or make a donation at https://www.payitsquare.com/fundraiser/71440.  We will be offering free hooping lessons, and hoops in various sizes to borrow. Together with your help we can support our community and stand up for safe, transparent, and regulated rail.

Wed., Aug. 26 – Movie Night:  “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2015, 122 mins.), 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  Canceled as of Aug. 15!

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Fall Nature Clubs for Kids – Registration Begun!  Fall 2015 Club Registration will open on Tue., July 28 at 7 am. To register, go to the link above and click on the button when it appears.  We have all your favourite clubs with a few new sessions, including Sunday sessions for Knee-High Naturalists and Small Wonders; see fall schedule.

* * * *    Recurring events for children and families (listed by day of week):

K’NEXathon! – Mondays in Aug. (except Aug. 3), 2-3 pm, Annette St. Library.  Join us for 8 weeks of fun, building and learning with K’NEX!   Drop-in program.

Gardening Workshops:  St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave., sponsors two series of free gardening programs, one for small children (Tues. 9:30-11 am, Aug. 4 & 11) and another for families and children Grade 1 and above (Thu. 6-8 pm, Aug. 6 & 13).  See website for more information.

Afternoon at the Movies, Tuesdays (Aug. 4 and 11), 2-3:30 pm, Jane/Dundas Library. Join us for a fun feature-length children’s movie.  Aug 4, “Wreck-it Ralph”; Aug 11, “The Lego Movie.”

Summer Family Storytime – alternate Wednesdays (Aug. 5 and 19), 10:30-11 am, Annette St. Library.  Stories, songs and rhymes for pre-school children and the entire family!  No registration required.  UPDATE: Please note dates have been changed to a biweekly frequency.

Family Time – Wednesdays (Aug. 5 and 12), two sessions each day: 9:30-10:15 and 10:30-11:15 am., Jane/Dundas Library.  Join us for stories, songs and rhymes for children up to 5 years and their caregivers. Drop in.

Family Time:  Summer Stories in the Park – Wednesdays (Aug. 5 and 12), 10:30-11 am, Runnymede Library.  Join us for summer stories, songs, and rhymes in the park behind Runnymede Branch. For kids 5 and under and their parents/caregivers. BYOB (bring your own blanket). In the event of rain the program will be held inside. Drop in, no registration required.

Lego Mania! – Wednesdays in Aug., 2-3 pm, Annette St. Library.  Join us for 4 weeks of intense Lego building.  Each week we will have design challenges to engage your creativity!  Drop-in.

TD Summer Reading Club Meetings – Wednesdays (Aug. 5 and 12), 2-3 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  Fun activities about books, words, learning and play.  Note:  On Thu., Aug. 13 – TD Summer Reading Club Closing Ceremonies, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  As summer comes to an end, join us for an afternoon to celebrate all the great stories, games and fun we had.

Watch Me Grow Family Drop-In – Thursdays, 10 am-12 pm. The Children’s Eco Programs offers free family drop-in program runs every Thursday throughout July and August at the High Park Children’s Garden. Join us for organic gardening, games, nature arts and crafts, storytelling and more!  Open to children from 0 to 12 years old (older children are welcome as helpers/volunteers).  No registration needed, just stop by whenever you can!  Parental/caregiver supervision is required.

West End Walking Group, Thursdays at 10:30 am.  Get out for some exercise and meet some great neighbourhood parents and kids. Walk (kids on stroller or bikes) along the Humber River. Free.  Meet at Etienne Brule Park parking lot.

Library Games – Fridays (Aug. 7 and 14), 2-3 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  Come and play fun library games with your friends. Prizes will be awarded!

FamJam – Fridays in August, 5 pm on in Vine Ave. Parkette.  The idea is simple – on Friday we all head to Vine whenever our work day is done, and kick back with our kids doing whatever it is we want to do!  Bring instruments, bring dinner, bring bubbles – whatever floats yer boat.  See FB page for latest program info.

* * * *    One-time events for children and families:

Wed., Aug. 5 – Fun in the Sun: a Musical Theatre Performance by Aunty B!, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm.  Don’t miss Aunty B’s high energy story-telling, singing, dancing and her extraordinary puppets!  Topic: Safety – Aunty B and Tommy head off to the beach where they explore safety and swimming, but how are they going to get to the beach? Will their groovy friends’ imaginations get them there?  Tickets will be available 30 minutes before the start of the show.  For more information, please call 416-393-7697.

Thu., Aug. 6 - Let’s Find It!, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  Put your sleuthing hat on and come on a treasure hunt in the library. Following the clues which lead you around the library to a treasure to share with your fellow sleuths.  Space is limited; tickets will be distributed 30 minutes before program.

Sat., Aug. 8 – Build a Chalkboard Door Hanger, 10 am to 12 noon, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W.  Kids will learn how to build a Chalkboard Door Hanger with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. A great free activity for children ages 4-12.  Pre-register at website.

Mon., Aug. 10 – Listen! Watch! Make!, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm. Listen to some stories, watch a short movie and make something fun. Inspired by an author or favourite character, each hour will be a creative event.  Aug. 10 topic: Elephant & Piggie.

Wed., Aug. 12 – TD Summer Reading Club Wrap-up Party, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm.  Join us for stories, songs, crafts, games and fun! Drop In program.  For more information, please visit the branch or call the information desk at 416-393-7600.

Sat., Aug. 15 – Woodwork with Patrick Clarke Kelly, 10-11:30 am, Annette St. Library.  Join us for a woodworking workshop where you will create your very own bird feeder to take home.  Pat works with several conservation groups.  For school-aged children; adult accompaniment (over 16) is required.  Register in advance, in person, or by phone at 416-393-7692.  No drop-ins.  Space is limited.

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

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High Park Walks, first and third Sundays, 10:30 am to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe.
•   Sun., Aug. 2:  “Caterpillars, Moths, and Butterflies.”  Popular science teacher Don Scallen shares his knowledge of these beautiful creatures. Children love this one!.
•   Sun., Aug. 16:  “Native Wildflowers.”  Volunteer Stewards leader Sharon Lovett tours natural restoration sites in the park.

High Park Stewardship event, Sundays (Aug. 9 and 23), 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, invasive species removal.  Meet in front of Grenadier Cafe.

Lambton House Open House, Sundays, 12-4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas Street.  Free admission and guided tours; refreshments available.  Exhibit “Exploring Where We Live“: A joint project of Heritage York and Baby Point Heritage Foundation, explores the history of the Baby Point community through period photographs.  Also, exhibit “The Changing Face of Warren Park,” a collection of photographs, documents and memories of Warren Park over the years.

LadeeBee’s Tuesday Evening Stitching Bee, 3079B Dundas St. W. (enter on Quebec), Tuesdays 6-10 pm.  Bring your knitting, crochet, hand sewing, spinning, jewelry-making or other portable craft project, and work on it in the company of other like-minded individuals. Stitching Bee attracts mainly knitters, but we welcome everyone for an evening of relaxing, socializing, and crafting in a welcoming atmosphere. Info: 416-605-0811 or info@ladeebee.com.

The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (Aug. 25), 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.

Family Nature Walks, Thursdays, 6-7:30 pm.  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. Meet at High Park Forest School, inside the park just south of Bloor and High Park Ave.
•   Thu., Aug. 13 – “Nature Journaling” – Make a simple nature journal and discover some ways to use it. We will be hiking to several areas of the park to try some journaling activities. What a great summer project for the whole family!
•   Thu., Aug. 20 – “In Trees We Trust” – We love trees. Come learn how to identify High Park’s most interesting trees by leaf shape, bark texture, twig and smell.
•   Thu., Aug. 27 – “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 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 Swing Dance Society, Aug. 21 (exception to normal second Friday), 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W.  Monthly dances for all ages.  Aug 21: West Coast Swing lesson taught by Maria Ford and David Ward; no beginner lesson this night, intermediate lesson begins at 7:45.

West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club has open games at Baird Park (Keele & Humberside), Sat. at 10 am & 3 pm, Tue. at 11:30 am & 7:30 pm, and Thu. at 7:30 pm.  Are you new to Lawn Bowling?  It is easy to get started and your first game is on us. Join us any time.  See more information at their Schedule page, and/or call ahead to confirm there is no change in schedule.

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

Local library book clubs are as follows (many of the regular clubs do not meet in July or August):
▪  first Wednesday (Aug. 5), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
▪  second Thursday (Aug. 13), 2-3 pm, Runnymede, “Summer Book Club” – See full description above in main section.

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JRA e-newsletter – July 2015

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Shakespeare in the Park, July 2-Sep. 6 – In our own back yard, live theatre six nights a week!  “A case of mistaken identity ends in hilarity. A case of mistaken intent results in war. The 33rd season brings two of Shakespeare’s great ‘Roman’ plays: the fast-moving, delightful The Comedy of Errors, and the classic tragedy Julius Caesar.  The shows will be playing on alternate nights through the summer. Pay-what-you-can at the gate or reserve online. Pack a picnic, bring your friends and come enjoy this outdoor theatre tradition.”  Shows start at 8 pm; gate opens at 6 pm.  Last year there were free backstage tours before the show, and there may be some this year — call and ask.  For more information, click “Visitor Info” tab on website.

High Park will be closed to vehicular traffic on July 18, 24, and 25 for Pan Am Games events.  There will be no access to parking lots, barricades will be in place and event marshals and volunteers will be present to control pedestrian traffic and athletes moving through the park during the cycling and marathon events.  EMS, Toronto Fire, Toronto Police Services will be on site and utilizing horses, ATVs, service vehicles and bicycles to move within the park.  Non-vehicular access and activities will be normal.

Local farmers markets:
•   Junction Farmers Market – Saturdays, 9-1, Dundas W. & Pacific
•   Sorauren Farmers Market – Mondays, 3-7, Sorauren Park
•   Annette Village Farmers Market – Wednesdays, 3-7, Runnymede Presbyterian Church, 680 Annette St.

Judging from the number of events being scheduled, July is a time for children, with adults chilling out, hanging around the house, etc.!  Many regular activities are taking a break for the summer.

=======    Events coming up, in and near the Junction    ======
Note:  All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
===  Scroll down for  Events for children   == and ==   Recurring events   ===

Wed., July 1 – Lambton House Canada Day BBQ, 11 am-2 pm.  Take a tour, share your memories or just relax on the lower porch or a chair on the front lawn.  Check out our newly planted Heritage garden.

Wed., July 1 – MP Peggy Nash hosts a free Canada Day celebration in High Park, at Picnic Area 1, entrance off Bloor St. at High Park Ave. , 11 am-2 pm.  Join Peggy and local community groups in enjoying a beautiful, touching citizenship ceremony (at 11 am), as well as tons of activities for the family, including entertainment, face painting and a bouncy castle.  Travel by public transit to High Park Subway Station or cycle to the park!  (Parking is extremely limited.)

Wed., July 1 – Colborne Lodge in High Park will be open for tours at regular admission prices, which include the exhibit Objects Related: Art Among the Artifacts, a textile art installation by Meghan Macdonald.  This exhibit will close after July 5.  Open Tuesday to Sunday, noon to 5 pm.

Thu., July 9 – Summer Book Club, 2-3 pm, Runnymede Library.  Join fellow book lovers for a special summertime book club, meeting July 9 (Mount Pleasant by Don Gilmour) and Aug. 13 (Cool Water by Dianne Warren), reading two books by Canadian authors.  Registration not required. There are copies of the books to borrow in the branch.

Sat., July 11 – Please donate blood at Swansea Town Hall, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, Rousseau Room, main floor. Please bring your donor or ID card.  For more information, call 416-974-9900 or see Canadian Blood Services website.

Sat., July 11 – Summer Kids Festival, 10-5 along Bloor St. W., Bloor West Village BIA’s annual Kids Festival. “This free event is great for the whole family and will feature activities and entertainment that include a Frozen Castle, a wildlife and reptile display, sidewalk sale, delicious food, stage shows inflatables, and much, much more!”

Sat., July 11 – Junction Night Market, 7-11 pm, at Pacific Ave. and Dundas St. W., and on the train platform at  2960 Dundas St. W.  “Join us for an evening of fabulous local food, craft beer, cider and wine in the Junction!  Live music.  Tickets will be sold on site.  Beer, cider, wine and food are only $5.00 each!  All the proceeds go to help members of our community gain access to fresh and healthy food through local food programs.”

Tue., July 14 – The Strangest Dream – film and discussion, 6:15-8:15 pm, Annette St. Library.  The anniversary of the first detonation of an atomic bomb is July 16.  This film is the story of Joseph Rotblat, the only nuclear scientist to leave the Manhattan Project, the U.S. government’s secret program to build the first atomic bomb. His was a decision based on moral grounds. The film traces the history of nuclear weapons, from the first nuclear test in New Mexico (July 16, 1945) to Hiroshima.  Showing is co-sponsored by Green 13.

Wed., July 15 – Movie Night: “McFarland, USA” (2015, 129 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.   A cross-country coach in a small California town (Kevin Costner) transforms a team of runners into championship contenders.  [Ed. note: At press time, there was some confusion about which movie would be shown on July 15, so to be sure check with the library a few days before.]

Sun., July 19 – Climate Vegan fundraiser, High Park, 12-5 pm.  Walk, potluck, masquerade, prizes.  Help bring awareness to the key role animal agriculture plays in causing global warming and climate change. See website for more information.

Tue., July 21 – “How to Pay Off Your Mortgage in Half the Time,” 6:30-10 pm, Baka Cafe, 2256 Bloor St. W.  A “real estate mixer,” free admission, see details and schedule at website.

Wed., July 29 – Patronal festival at St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave.  Evensong at 6pm, BBQ at 6:30pm.  [Ed. note:  May be free, but flyer does not make that clear.]

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Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass Program – Did you know that at your local branch of the Toronto Public Library, you can borrow free passes to local museums, art galleries and similar venues, such as the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Museum of Inuit Art?  See the link for more information; some museums are available only at certain libraries; here is a list.  The whole family can get in free on a single one-time pass, and you have 3 months to use it.

* * * *    Recurring events for children (listed by day of week):

Listen! Watch! Make! – Mondays (June 29-Aug. 10, except Aug. 3), 2-3 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  Listen to some stories, watch a short movie and make something fun. Inspired by an author or favourite character, each hour will be a creative event.  See website for each day’s topic.

K’NEXathon! – Mondays in July and Aug. (except Aug. 3), 2-3 pm, Annette St. Library.  Join us for 8 weeks of fun, building and learning with K’NEX!   Drop-in program.

Gardening Workshops:  St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave., sponsors two series of free gardening programs, one for small children (Tues. 9:30-11 am) and another for families and children Grade 1 and above (Thu. 6-8 pm).  Both run from early June to mid-August.  See website for more information.

Afternoon at the Movies, Tuesdays (June 30-Aug. 11), 2-3:30 pm, Jane/Dundas Library. Join us for a fun feature-length children’s movie.  See website for film titles.

Summer Family Storytime – Wednesdays, July 8 and July 22, 10:30-11 am, Annette St. Library.  Stories, songs and rhymes for the entire family!  No registration required.

Summer Stories in the Park – Wednesdays (July 8-Aug. 12), 10:30-11 am, Runnymede Library.  Join us for summer stories, songs, and rhymes in the park behind Runnymede branch. For kids 5 and under and their parents/caregivers. BYOB (bring your own blanket). In the event of rain the program will be held inside. Drop in, no registration required.

Lego Mania! – Wednesdays in July and Aug. (except July 1), 2-3 pm, Annette St. Library.  Join us for 8 weeks of intense Lego building.  Each week we will have design challenges to engage your creativity!  Drop-in.

TD Summer Reading Club Meetings – Wednesdays (July 8-Aug 12), 2-3 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  Fun activities about books, words, learning and play.

Library Games – Fridays in July and Aug. (through Aug. 14), 2-3 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  Come and play fun library games with your friends. Prizes will be awarded!

* * * *    One-time events for children (note an event in French on July 9):

TD Summer Reading Club Opening Ceremonies – Thu., July 2, 2-3 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  It’s the start of the 2015 TD Summer Reading Club. Sign up, get swag, share a story, play a game and have fun.

Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Torch Relay Crafts – Mon., July 6, 2-4 pm, Runnymede Library.  Wear your sports gear to celebrate with Runnymede Library as we take part in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Torch Relay.  Join us for various activities, including face painting, sidewalk chalk drawings, button-making, and make your own torch arts and craft to cheer on the Torch Relay. A family event:  recommended for ages 6 and up, and for younger children with a parent or caregiver. Free drop-in program, no registration required.

TD Summer Reading Club Kick-Off! – Wed., July 8, 2-3 pm, Runnymede Library.  Register for the TD Summer Reading Club — read to win cool prizes throughout the summer.

Mireille Messier – Thu., July 9, 10:30-11:30 am, Jane/Dundas Library.  Mireille Messier, auteure du nouvel album « Le voilier d’Olivier » fait découvrir aux jeunes la magie des anagrammes. En jonglant avec les lettres, lion devient loin, nord devient rond et bien plus encore! Venez écouter son histoire et jongler avec les lettres à votre tour!  L’inscription n’est pas nécessaire.

Camp JD – Thu., July 9, 2-3 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  For one afternoon only, Camp JD is in session. Camp songs, games and crafts.  Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed 30 minutes before program.

TD Summer Reading Club Launch with Magical Entertainer Vincent! – Fri., July 10, 2-3 pm, Annette St. Library.  Celebrate the launch of our Summer Reading Club with a magic show!  Enjoy fantastic jokes and thrilling m-a-g-i-c!  No registration required.

Summer Kids Festival – Sat., July 11, 10-5 along Bloor St. W.  Bloor West Village BIA’s annual Kids Festival.  See above in main listing.

Build a Minions Scooter – Sat., July 11, 10 am to 12 noon, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W.  Kids will learn how to build a Minions Scooter 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.

Spin! Pop! Boom! with Mad Science – Wed., July 15, 2-3 pm, Runnymede Library.  This thrilling performance will explore a combination of chemistry and physics.  Children will be awed as the Mad Scientist creates an extra hand to help with our experiments. Children will witness a number of exothermic reactions that will produce a Genie Out of a Bottle and a Giant Foam Snake. No registration is required. Space is limited, tickets will be handed out 30 minutes before show starts.

Be a kite flyer – Thu., July 16, 2-3 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring!  Design and build your very own kite.  Space is limited, tickets will be distributed 30 minutes before program.

Draw Along with a Comics Artist! - Wed., July 22, 2-3 pm, Runnymede Library.  Join along with our comics artist and create some of your own comics and characters! Participants will draw along with instructor. For ages 6-12.   Free. Registration is required; call 416-393-7600 or visit the branch.

Be a skull detective! – Thu., July 23, 2-3 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  Using artifacts from the Royal Ontario Museum, you will learn how to be a skull detective. Then put your skills to the test with a few mystery skulls.  Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed 30 minutes before program.

Recycling Rules! with Liz Rice – Sat., July 25, 2-3 pm, Annette St. Library.  An enlightening environmental workshop, where your recycling skills are put to the test!  Make a recyclable craft to take home.  Drop in, school aged children.

Puppet Show: Strega Nona – Wed., July 29, 2-2:30 and 2:30-3 pm, Runnymede Library.  Presenting a special puppet show, a quirky retelling of a classic tale.  (See website for summary of the tale.)  For all ages. Two identical shows, the first at 2 pm, and the second at 2:30 pm. Space is limited, tickets will be available 30 minutes before the start of each show.  For more information, please call 416-393-7600.

Let’s play with paper! – Thu., July 30, 2-3 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  With a few folds, a couples of snips and a little glue, we will transform a simple piece of paper into something amazing.  Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed 30 minutes before program.

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

========   Recurring events  (in order by day of week Sat-Fri)  =======

High Park Walks, first and third Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe.
•   Sun., July 5:  “More Bees Please.”  Urban bee researcher Scott McIvor shows how nature’s pollinators contribute to the park’s ecosystem.
•   Sun., July 19:  “Exploring Spring Creek Ravine.”  Arborist Steve Smith investigates the uplands of the defining feature of High Park’s east side.

Lambton House Open House and exhibition “Exploring Where We Live“: Sundays, 12-4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas Street.  A joint project of Heritage York and Baby Point Heritage Foundation, explores the history of the Baby Point community through period photographs.  Free admission and guided tours; refreshments available.

Green 13 monthly planning meeting, last Monday (July 27), 6:30-8 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.

LadeeBee’s Tuesday Evening Stitching Bee, 3079B Dundas St. W. (enter on Quebec), Tuesdays 6-10 pm.  Bring your knitting, crochet, hand sewing, spinning, jewelry-making or other portable craft project, and work on it in the company of other like-minded individuals. Stitching Bee attracts mainly knitters, but we welcome everyone for an evening of relaxing, socializing, and crafting in a welcoming atmosphere. Info: 416-605-0811 or info@ladeebee.com.

The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (July 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.

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 Swing Dance Society, second Friday, 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W.  Monthly dances for all ages, but July is quiet, the next is in August.

West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club has open games at Baird Park (Keele & Humberside), Sat. at 10 am & 3 pm, Tue. at 11:30 am & 7:30 pm, and Thu. at 7:30 pm.  Are you new to Lawn Bowling?  It is easy to get started and your first game is on us. Join us any time.  See more information at their Schedule page.

Family Nature Walks, various days.  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. Meet at High Park Forest School, inside the park just south of Bloor and High Park Ave.
•   Thu., July 16, 6-7:30 pm – “Bugs and Slugs
•   Wed., July 22, 8:15-10 pm – “Moth Night” – Meet at the square of benches south of Grenadier Restaurant and finish at the Forest School location.
•   Thu., July 30, 6-7:30 pm – “Fairies and Gnomes

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

Local library book clubs are as follows (many of the regular clubs do not meet in July or August):
▪  first Wednesday (July 8), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
▪  second Thursday (July 9), 2-3 pm, Runnymede, “Summer Book Club” – See full description above in main section.

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JRA e-newsletter – June 2015

===========    News, Opportunities, and Ongoing   =========

Got an iPhone?  Play/testers needed for “Wonderland: A Solvitur Ambulando Mystery,” an audio drama set circa 1914, in Toronto’s rough-and-tumble Junction neighbourhood. The end of each chapter poses a puzzle — solve it with what you learned in the previous chapter, and unlock the next one… We will be releasing the app later this year, but are looking for a few play/testers with iPhones (4S or newer) who would be up for trying it out.  Email jim@nomediakings.org for access, or to ask questions.


A public meeting will be held to review a new development proposal, Annette Rec. Centre, 333 Annette St., Wed., June 17, 7 pm.  From Councillor Doucette:  “Please join City Planning Staff and me to hear a proposal for townhouses at the northeast corner of Gilmour and Dundas.  This is a pre-application meeting, as the proponent and I would like to hear from the public before next steps are taken.  Questions?  Contact my office at Councillor_Doucette@toronto.ca or 416-392-4072.”


The City of Toronto is undertaking a review of the Noise Bylaw, in order to ensure that the bylaw is modern, up-to-date and easy for residents, property owners and business to understand.  Public consultation meetings will be held to present findings from a noise survey conducted earlier this spring and to gather additional input from stakeholders and the public, on June 23 at City Hall and on June 24 at North York Civic Center. More information about this review, or contact Jessica Walter, 416-392-8794, jwalter2@toronto.ca


Parks Forestry and Recreation is seeking public input on the operation of its public tennis courts and the Policy for Outdoor Community Tennis Club Operations.  It is seeking public input through an online survey (available until August 4, 2015) and a series of public meetings, which everyone is welcome to attend and share their thoughts.


Junction Summer Solstice Festival presented by the Junction BIA, Sat., June 20, noon to midnight.  “Art installations and workshops, ferris wheel, curbside cuisine, musicians, healthy living activities, late-night shopping, Junction Jubilee, street culture, buskers, family fun, late-night projection show, and more!”


Junction Seniors have added a third coffee hour each week — Thursdays, 10-11 am, at Lunch Box at 1731 Bloor, corner of Keele.  We hope more seniors south of the Junction will join us!  For information, http://www.junctionra.ca/junction-seniors or call Eleanor, 647-235-0843.


Spotlight on Films from Turtle Island — A series of films by First Nations filmmakers and writers to be presented this month at Annette Library in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, showing indigenous life through the indigenous lens.  Click each title for more information on the film.

•  Trick or Treaty? (2014, Alanis Obomsawin, 85 min.), Tue., June 2, 6:30-8 pm and Wed., June 3, 2-3:30 pm.  This documentary follows the journey of Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government.

•  The People of Kattawapiskak River (2012, Alanis Obomsawin, 50 min.), Tue, June 16, 6:30-7:45 pm and Wed., June 17, 2-3:15 pm.  It is Oct. 2011, and 1700 Kattawapiskak Cree are living in dreadful conditions at -40°C in Northern Ontario. This documentary examines the history and causes of this housing crisis, including personal accounts by the people of Kattawapiskak River and political debates in the House of Commons.

•  We Were Children (2012, Tim Wolochatiuk, 83 min.), Wed., June 20, 2 pm.  A special opening ceremony and discussion to follow with Elder Amy Desjarlais.  In this emotional film, the profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system is conveyed unflinchingly through the eyes of two children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years.

•  People of the Ice (2003, Carlos Ferrand & Jean Lemire, 52 min.), Tue., June 23, 6:30 pm and Wed., June 24, 2 pm. Climate change through the eyes of Inuit from several generations.

•  Vanishing Point (2012, Stephen A. Smith & Julia Szucs, 82 min.), Tue., June 30, 2-3:30 pm & 6:30-8 pm.  We witness how two genetically-linked groups of Inuit have adapted differently to outside influences and to the inescapable changes that affect their hunting traditions.


Art exhibition at Colborne Lodge in High Park, Tues.-Sun., noon-5 pm, until July 5.  Colborne Lodge has partnered with Present Junction Gallery to exhibit “Objects Related: Art Among the Artifacts,” a textile art installation by Meghan Macdonald. Taking inspiration from the original artifacts on site, Meghan has created objects by “drawing with thread” that challenge visitors’ perceptions. These selected pieces have been replaced with Meghan’s creations. Come and see if you can identify the art among the artifacts. Included in regular admission.  Note: From Mon., June 9, Colborne Lodge Drive is closed to vehicles between the Grenadier Restaurant and The Queensway for several weeks. Pedestrian traffic will not be affected.


Summer is here:  The Junction Farmers Market 2015 season has started!  The market is at the same location, the Junction Train Platform (2960 Dundas St. W.), continuing every Saturday, 9 am-1 pm, through Oct. 31.  Read about the new Market Manager in a recent newsletter.  Other markets in the neighbourhood, but a little further away:  Sorauren Farmers’ Market is every Monday from 3–7 pm in Sorauren Park, including most holiday Mondays; run by West End Food Co-op.  The Annette Village Farmers’ Market operates on Weds., 3-7 pm in Runnymede Presbyterian Church parking lot, 680 Annette St.

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Note:  All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
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Fri.-Sun., May 29-31 – 18th Annual Art Tour in Bloor West Village, High Park, and The Junction, Fri. 6-9 pm, Sat. & Sun. 11 am-5 pm.  Thirty-one locations where art is displayed, mostly artists’ studios.  See map and art samples on website.  Free admission.

Sun., May 31 – Junction Reads, 3030, 3030 Dundas St. W., 4-7 pm.  Featuring Helen Nelson, Bruce McDougall, Ed MacDonald, Tamai Kobayashi, and Diane Schoemperlen. Free.

Wed., June 3 – Urban Bat Walk: Bats: A World of Science & Mystery, 7:30-9:30 pm.  With Dr. Brock Fenton. Meeting location is at our new building, the High Park Forest School, 375 Colborne Lodge Drive.  No pre-registration necessary, event is great for all ages – bring the whole family!  $2-5 per person suggested donation.

Fri., June 5 – The Metis Fiddler, Annette Library, 2-3 pm.  Celebrate National Aboriginal History Month with an interactive Metis fiddler performance with Nicholas Delbaere-Sawchuk.  No registration. Groups call 416-393-7692 to inquire about space.

Fri., June 5 – Pub Night at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Doors open 6:30 pm, music from 8:00 by “Tropical Soul,” a Latin trio.  Free admission; sandwiches, beer, wine, coffee, snacks for sale.  Bus #55 from Jane TTC station, or #30 from High Park or Islington stations.

Sat., June 6 – Community Yard Sale, Vine Parkette and elsewhere, 8 am – 3 pm.  Potluck supper with hot dogs, 4pm. See top of newsletter for details.

Sat., June 6 – Buzz on the Bridge, Wallace St. pedestrian bridge on Dundas St. W. near Glenlake Ave., 10 am-7 pm.  An “intervention” which is part of 100in1day Toronto.  See website for more information, and what to bring.

Sat., June 6 – West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club 4th Annual Open House, Baird Park (Keele & Humberside), 11:30 am – 2 pm.  It’s an excellent chance to meet your neighbours and try some bowling, free of charge.  Plus, Councillors from each of the surrounding Wards will once again battle in the Grudge Match for the coveted Ward Trophy. Cheer, or jeer, as you wish!

Sun., June 7 – “Historic Landscapes: Villages that grew in the landscapes and turned into cities,” by heritage writer and speaker Heather Ghey Broadbent, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 2 pm.  Free admission, refreshments.

Tue., June 9 – “Intro to 3D Printing,” Runnymede Library, 4-5 pm.  For youth ages 13-19.  Learn the basics of 3D printing including basic operation, strengths and weaknesses of the technology, and watch a print in action!  Space is limited; register in person or by calling 416-393-7697.  Presented by the Toronto Tool Library.

Tue., June 9 – Film, “More than Honey,”  6:15-8:15 pm, Annette Library.  Green 13 and the Annette Library present a free screening and discussion.  “An unprecedented global examination of endangered honey bees from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. The film uses the latest in cinematic technology to observe phenomena normally undetectable, telling the dramatic story of the disappearance of millions of bees in the last decade.”  Dr. Anne Bell of Ontario Nature will discuss threats to bees and what we can do about it.

Wed., June 10 – High Park Blood Drive, Humberside C.I. Cafeteria, 280 Quebec Ave., 4:30-7:30 pm.  Save a life during National Blood Donor Week at this community blood drive.  Free.

Wed., June 10 – Vegetarians of High Park special event: “We’ll start by meeting up at the neat local cookbook and cookware store, Eat Your Words, on Annette St. near Jane, at 5:30. They’re offering our group 10% off at the store that evening!  Then, we’ll walk over to Mad Mexican on Jane Street for dinner at 6:30, where they are putting together a special all-vegan menu just for our group!  If you can’t make it early enough to meet up at Eat Your Words, you are welcome to meet us just for dinner as well.”  Please RSVP by Fri., June 5, to highpark@veg.ca

Wed., June 10 – Cheri’s 6th Annual Community Appreciation Gala, Lithuanian Hall, 1573 Bloor St. W., 6:30-9 pm.  Neighbourhood BIAs, 6 new businesses, and some local volunteers will be recognized for the invaluable contributions they make.  The entire community is invited to this free event — register at the website by June 1.  Seating is limited, so register now!

Wed., June 10 – “Governing Toronto: Bringing Back the City That Worked,” Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm. Alan Redway speaks about his book, which traces the growth and governance of the city from its creation in 1834 through its successful Metro years, and discusses why amalgamation is a failed model, and how other metros successfully de-amalgamated. See more at link.  [The Library has rescheduled this from May 27 on the author’s request…Editor]

Thu., June 11 – Eh List: Rosemary Sullivan on Stalin’s Daughter, Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm.  Join award-winning biographer Rosemary Sullivan in a conversation about her revelatory biographer of Svetlana Stalin, a woman fated to live her life in the shadow of one of history’s most monstrous dictators — her father, Josef Stalin.

Thu., June 11 – “The Nanfan Treaty,” heritage talk by Hugh Barnett, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 7:30 pm.  Barnett guides us through 300 years of history and the Anishinaabe peace agreement.  Learn about the important role played by the Humber River in the development of Haudenousaunee and Anishinaabe relations during the early 18th century.  Free admission, refreshments.

Sat., June 13 – Brazilian Percussion, Annette Library, 2-3 pm.  In honour of the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, revel in music from the Americas.  Join Luciano Porto from the Bavia Arts Multicultural Centre for a hands-on afternoon of Brazilian Percussion!  Suitable for all ages.

Sat., June 13 – Wanda Road annual street party, 2:30-10 pm.  The Wanda Road residents and the residents of Romero House have this bash every year, and all are welcome:  2:30 – Children’s Program; 4:30 – Bike Parade; 5:00 – Potluck Supper; 6:30 – Talent Show; 7:30 – Live Music; 9:00 – Street Dance.  Info:  director@romerohouse.org or (416) 763-1303.  Wanda Rd. is the 2-block-long street just south of Glenlake, between Indian Rd. Cres. and Dorval.  You can access it from Glenlake (either Keele or Dundas), from Dundas and Chelsea, or from Bloor and Indian Rd.

Sun., June 14 – Junction Reads, 3030, 3030 Dundas St. W., 4-7 pm.  Featuring Adam Abbas, C. Fong Hsiung, Jane Woods, and Catherine Bush.  Free.

Mon., June 15 – Councillor Doucette invites you to an Information meeting, Annette Rec. Centre, 7-8:30 pm, about the new Community Garden coming to Ward 13, to be located at the site of the former Humberside bowling green at the south end of Humberside Collegiate.  City staff will also be present.  Info:  councillor_doucette@toronto.ca or 416-392-4072.

Wed., June 17 – Movie Night: “Love is Strange” (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.  Ben and George finally tie the knot, after 29 years together, but when George loses his job, the couple must temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable home.

Wed., June 17 – Public Meeting to review a townhouse proposal at Gilmour and Dundas.  See details at top of newsletter (News, etc.)

Thu., June 18 – Aboriginal Celebrations: “Native Humour,” Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm.  Award-winning playwright, author, columnist, film maker and lecturer Drew Hayden Taylor (Motorcycles and Sweetgrass) shares jokes, laughs, and chuckles in this lecture on native humour.

Sat., June 20 – Lawn Sale, St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave., 9 am- 4:30 pm.  A variety of crafts and goods. Admission free. Info: stolaves.acw@hotmail.com

Sat., June 20 – Baby Point Gates BIA presents Summerfest, annual sidewalk sale on Jane St., 10 am to closing. “Live music, prizes and entertainment for the whole family.”

Sat., June 20 – Junction BIA presents the Junction Summer Solstice Festival, noon to midnight.  See top of newsletter (News, etc.) for details.

Wed., June 24 – Great Books: Sinclair Ross “As for Me and My House,” Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm.  Professor Frederick Sweet from the University of Toronto will talk about this brilliant classic study of life in the Depression era, which has been hailed by critics as one of Canada’s great novels.

Sat., June 27 – Swansea Horticultural Annual Bus Trip to the Purple Rooster Gardens near Gorrie, the Riverbend Gardens and Nursery in Wroxeter, and lunch at the Gorrie Community Centre.  To book and for more details call: Ellen Mitchell, 416-767-2574.

Sun., June 28 –  “James Ellis: Architect of the Junction,” Heritage Toronto tour, 1:30-3:30 pm.  Led by West Toronto Junction Historical Society, starting at SW corner of Keele St and Dundas St. W.  James Ellis (1856-1935) defined this railway town: its schools, houses of worship, homes and civic buildings. Discover the work of this remarkable architect as we visit buildings he designed, knew, and frequented in the late 19th century.

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Note for future planning: There is a good list of local summer day camps in the current issue of The Westside’s Story (at the end of the issue).

Time Traveller P.A Day Camp at Colborne Lodge, Fri., June 5, 9 am-4 pm, ages 7-10, $35 + HST.  Travel back in time and explore life at the Lodge almost two hundred years ago! Children will discover the wild life of High Park through a nature walk, activities and eco-inspired crafts. Campers also explore the historic Colborne Lodge, uncovering the mysteries of a Victorian home and engaging with 19th century recipes and cooking techniques. Pre-registration required, call 416 392-6916.  Lodge staff will be on hand to welcome PA Day Campers from 8:30 am; pick up time = 4 to 4:30 pm.

Gardening Workshops: St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave., sponsors two series of free gardening programs, one for small children (Tues. 9:30-11 am) and another for families and children Grade 1 and above (Thu. 6-8 pm).  Both run from early June to mid-August.  See website for more information.

Kid Workshop: Build a Load-n-Go Truck, Sat., June 13, 10 am to 12 noon, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W.  Kids will learn how to build a Load n’ Go truck 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.

Crafts for Dad!, Thu., June 18, 3:30-6 pm, Annette St. Library.  Drop in for an afternoon of “do-it-yourself” crafting for Dad!  Make a special Father’s Day gift to take home.  Supplies provided.  All ages children.

Puppet Show: Little Red Riding Hood – Annette Library, Fri., June 26, 2-2:30 pm.  Help Little Red Riding Hood get to her Grandma’s house, but beware of the Big Bad Wolf!  No registration required.  Groups, please contact the library at 416-393-7692 for space capacity.  All ages.

Listen! Watch! Make! – Jane/Dundas Library, Mon., June 29, 2-3 pm.  A creative event for school-age children:  Listen to some stories, watch a short movie and make something fun, inspired by an author or favourite character.  June 29 = Dr. Seuss.

Afternoon at the Movies, Jane/Dundas Library, Tuesdays, 2-3:30 pm — Join us for a fun feature length children’s movie.  On June 30, “Surf’s Up” (2007, animation, comedy)

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

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The Junction Farmers Market, Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm, May 23 through Oct. 31 at the Junction Train Platform (2960 Dundas Street West).

Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays (June 6, 13, 20, 27), 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 (and occasional Sundays), 1:30-3 pm, meet at High Park Forest School, inside the park just south of Bloor and High Park Ave.  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., June 6 – “Know Your Nature” – 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 spring.

•   Sat., June 20 – “Butterflies and Insects and Bugs! Oh My!” – Get in touch with the entomologist in you and master your insect netting skills!  Today we will catch, ID and learn about some of High Park’s tiniest residents.

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

•   Sun., June 7 – “Spring Babies at the Zoo.”  Sonya Dittkrist, Zookeeper, introduces new animal arrivals. A great outing for children!

•   Sun., June 21 – “Plants and Flowers.”  Naturalist Ron Luft leads a trail walk through the spring flora.

Lambton House Open House and exhibition “Exploring Where We Live“: Sundays, 12 noon – 4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas Street.  Free admission and guided tours; refreshments available.  The Lambton House has been presented with a series of reproductions of Clara Isabella Harris’s (d. 1974) paintings, which are hanging in the Blue Room, on the second floor.

Kundalini Yoga continues at Annette St. Library, all Mondays in June, 6:30-7:30 pm.  Breathe, move, sing, relax, and meditate. Come to the full series, or individual classes. Just bring a yoga mat and you.

Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (June 29), 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, last Monday (June 29), 6:30-8 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.

LadeeBee’s Tuesday Evening Stitching Bee, 3079B Dundas St. W. (enter on Quebec), Tuesdays 6-10 pm.  Bring your knitting, crochet, hand sewing, spinning, jewelry-making or other portable craft project, and work on it in the company of other like-minded individuals. Stitching Bee attracts mainly knitters, but we welcome everyone for an evening of relaxing, socializing, and crafting in a welcoming atmosphere. Info: 416-605-0811 or info@ladeebee.com.

Toronto Debating Society, alternate Tuesdays (no meetings June to August).

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

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.

Swansea Historical Society Meeting, first Wednesday (no meetings June-Sep.).

Swansea Horticultural Society, fourth Wednesday, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 7:30 pm. June 24 – “Patio Pots for Summer,” with June Vaillancourt, and the Strawberry Social.  Join us in the Rousseau Room, Main Floor, and have your questions ready.   A flower show is held concurrently with the presentation.  Also, see above, Sat., June 27, for the Swansea Horticultural Society’s annual bus trip.

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.

West Toronto Junction Historical Society meeting, first Thursday (off for summer, next meeting in Sept.).

Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday (June 18), 7-10 pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. (at Jane).  Guests are siblings Tom and Kerry Fitzgerald. Beginner workshop at 7 pm ($15), intermediate at 8 ($15), then a jam at 9 pm ($5). Tickets for purchase at 416-402-1642 or fiddleshow@gmail.com

Toronto Swing Dance Society, second Friday, 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.  Jun 12: Dancing to “Little Peter And The Elegants”; no lesson.

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

Local library Book Clubs are as follows:
▪  first Tuesday (June 2), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
▪  first Wednesday (June 3), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
▪  first Wednesday (June 3), 4:30-5:30 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Teen Books
▪  first Wednesday (June 3), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
▪  second Monday (June 8), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
▪  fourth Monday (June 22), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, Polish Book Club; conducted in Polish.

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JRA e-newsletter — May 2015

The next JRA Community Meeting (last community meeting till October) will be Thu., May 14, 7-9 pm, at the West Toronto Baptist Church, as usual (3049 Dundas St. W.).  Meet your neighbours.  Refreshments served.  The agenda will include:

  • Update on the Function in the Junction 2015:  Come hear about our huge success this year raising money for the Annette Street Public Library
  • 18blocks: Learn about this cool new initiative to share neighbourhood events and needs through a creative online sharing site.
  • Community updates and summer happenings

Note:  If you cannot attend the May 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.


The annual Junction Community Yard Sale and Potluck, sponsored by the JRA, will be on Sat., June 6 (raindate June 13) at Vine Parkette, 200 Vine Ave.
   8 am – 3 pm: Join your neighbours on June 6 and come to Vine Parkette for our annual community yard sale. Bring a blanket or table and  display your items to sell. Come with pocket money to buy other people’s neat stuff.  Anyone is welcome to sell in Vine Parkette — no table fees!
   4 pm:  Bring some food to Vine Parkette to eat, some to share if you like, and enjoy free hotdogs compliments of your JRA.
   Promote your sale: If you’re having a yard sale on June 6 also, at some other location in the neighbourhood, send us the location and contact info by May 27 (email info@junctionra.ca), and we’ll put you on our event’s Google map and help get the word out.


Function in the Junction 2015 — A massive success!     If you were there on April 11 for the 6th annual Function in the Junction, you were part of a wonderful evening in our community. Delicious food, beautiful community spirit, donated tasty local drinks, they were all part of the magic. Dinner tickets sold out (96 people) and the silent and live auction items generously donated by local businesses were a huge hit. Live music kept us together to celebrate into the evening. The event raised $7,200 for the Annette Street Public Library. Incredible. Thank you to the volunteers who worked tirelessly for months to prepare, and to those who gave us their time and great Junction spirit as volunteers at the event. What an incredible neighbourhood we live in… Next year’s Function is going to be even better!

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Contact Photography Festival, citywide, May 1-31.  Exhibits in the Junction feature 20+ artists in 16 venues, with openings on Sat., May 2, 6-9 pm.  Stroll on Dundas from Quebec to Heintzman — see a map of all venues in the Junction.  And check out the thick glossy catalogs available for free at any exhibit spot.


Jane’s Walk, citywide, May 1-3.  Their website is a little hard to use for searching, so here are walks in our general neighbourhood, with times (some are held twice), meeting place and link to more information:


Kundalini Yoga, Annette St. Library, Mondays 6:30-7:30 pm, 8-class series from May 4 – June 29 (no class May 18).  Breathe, move, sing, relax, and meditate. Come to the full series, or individual classes. Just bring a yoga mat and you.


Doors Open Toronto, Sat.-Sun., May 23-24:  In newspapers the week before, there is usually a pull-out map and listing of all the open sites.  I’ve listed here those in our neighbourhood that are shown on the city website (see link), but there may be more later.

  • Toronto Police Service 11 Division
  • Riwoche Tibetan Buddhist Temple of Toronto
  • The Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  • High Park – Forest School
  • High Park – Production Greenhouses
  • High Park – Children’s Teaching Kitchen
  • High Park – Colborne Lodge Museum
  • Lambton House

Summer is coming:  The Junction Farmers Market 2015 season will start on Sat., May 23!  The market is set to start again at the same location, the Junction Train Platform (2960 Dundas St. W.), continuing every Saturday, 9 am-1 pm, through October 31.  Read about their new president and new Market Manager in a recent newsletter.

Other markets also exist in the neighbourhood, but a little further away:  Sorauren Farmers’ Market runs every Monday from 3–7 pm in Sorauren Park (see recurring events below).  The Annette Village Farmers’ Market operates on Weds., 3-7 pm in Runnymede Presbyterian Church parking lot, 680 Annette St. (see below for opening event on May 27).


Running through 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.

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Note:  All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
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Fri., May 1 – Pub Night at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Doors open 6:30 pm, music from 7:30 by Jane Drake and Friends, “Living Room Music.”  Free admission; sandwiches, beer, wine, coffee, snacks for sale.  Bus #55 from Jane TTC station, or #30 from High Park or Islington stations.

Sat., May 2 – World Labyrinth Day in High Park.

Sat., May 2 – 50th Annual Spring Sale, Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Rd., 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, free. Amazing bargains on jewelry, books, furnishings, toys, clothing, and more!

Sat., May 2 – King George Public School craft show and business fair, 25 Rexford Rd. (near Willard and St. Johns), 10 am-2 pm.  This fundraiser features 46 vendors, student crafters, and a bake sale.  Entry $2/person, $5/family.

Sat., May 2 – Ward 13’s Community Environment Day, Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, 2001 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (east of Ellis Ave.), 10 am – 2 pm.  Sponsored by Councillor Doucette.  Reuse, recycle and safely dispose.

Sat., May 2 – High Park Annual Spring Clean-Up, off-leash area Dog Hill (near Can Stage), 10 am – 2 pm (raindate May 9). Latex gloves and garbage bags will be provided; please wear sturdy shoes and long sleeves, bring a bottle of water, and help out for a couple of hours picking up garbage, debris and dog poop that has been left from the winter on the trails and the woods.  Contact email : k9@highpark.org

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.

Mon., May 4 – “The Hidden Costs of Buying a Condominium,” Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 2 pm. Second in a 3-part series, “A Simpler Life: Downsizing & Moving for Seniors.”  Free, but must reserve to home@dslowey.com or 416-875-0499.

Mon., May 4 – Coastal Command during World War II, Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm.  Keith Hyde, aviation historian, will speak on the lesser-known role of the Royal Air Force.  Using long-range flying boats and land-based aircraft, Coastal Command had the thankless task of endless patrols, searching for U-Boats and service raiders, throughout the Mediterranean, Baltic, Atlantic and Pacific theatres. Canadian airmen played a major role with Coastal Command.

Thu., May 7 – Save Our Village fundraiser, BAKA Gallery Cafe, 2256 Bloor St. W., 7:15 pm.  Jennifer Robson is a local Mom who is also the international bestselling author of “Somewhere in France” and, most recently, “After the War is Over.”  Come meet Jennifer, hear her speak about “After the War is Over” and ask questions at this unique “neighbourhood book club”!  Tickets $55 (includes: appetizers, cash bar, signed copy of “After the War is Over”).  We need to raise an additional $8,000 to pay all costs associated with the OMB Mediation for 2265-79 Bloor St. W (this process took longer and cost more than anticipated!), so if you cannot make it May 7th, please consider making a donation online.

Sat., May 9 – Blood donation, Swansea Town Hall, Rousseau Room, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.  Please bring your donor or ID card.  For more info, call 416-974-9900 or https://www.blood.ca/en.

Sat., May 9 – 100th Anniversary of St. Cecilia School – Open House, 355 Annette St., 1-5 pm.  Come tour the school and see the many changes that have happened over the years!  St. Cecilia Catholic School will have an open house for parents, alumni and others in the community that are interested in our history. This event will feature themed classrooms, work by the students, and other activities about our school’s history.

Sun., May 10 – Native Plant Sale, High Park Greenhouse, 11 am- 2 pm  This sale supports the work of the High Park Volunteer Stewardship Program, and native plant restoration.  See the website and map for necessary information if you plan to attend the sale.

Sun., May 10 – Aggie’s Wildflower Walk, 1:30 pm.  This nature walk, led by Madeleine McDowell, starts at Lambton House and takes about two hours, returning to Lambton House for a refreshing Tea & Talk about Agnes and her work, displayed in Humber Room.

Mon., May 11 – “Why NOT to Write a Will,” Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 2 pm. Third in a 3-part series, “A Simpler Life: Downsizing & Moving for Seniors.”  Free, but must reserve to home@dslowey.com or 416-875-0499.

Mon., May 11 – Climate Change and Canada, Runnymede Library, 6:30-7:30 pm.  A presentation by Step Up, Canada! and the People’s Climate Movement on the causes & consequences of climate change and Canada’s role in the global effort to address this escalating global phenomenon. Supported by Green 13.

Tue., May 12 – Basics of Vegetable Gardening, Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm.  Discover the joys of growing your own food. Meet master gardener Joanna Blanchard and learn everything you need to know about growing your own vegetables.

Tue., May 12 – Green 13 presents film “Symphony of the Soil,” Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 7-9 pm.  Free screening and discussion with a guest speaker from Canadian Organic Growers-Toronto.  Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting-edge science, this is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance, soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships among soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex nature of this precious resource.

Tue., May 12 – Write On Playwrights’ Showcase, On Cue Billiards, 349 Jane St. (1 block south of Annette), 8-10 pm, doors at 7:30.  “Write On” is a night to showcase playwrights’ work and to focus on the next stage of script development. Each playwright will perform an excerpt or piece of their choosing. With a musical performance by folk songstress Brooklyn Doran. Tickets are $5 at the door or online.

Thu., May 14 – Junction Residents Association community meeting, 7-9 pm, West Toronto Baptist Church.  See at top for details.

Thu., May 14 – Heritage Talk, “Wilderness Settlement: The Illustrated Journals of Susanna Moodie,” Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 7:30 pm.  Talk by contemporary artist Charles Pachter.  Free admission & refreshments.

Tue., May 19 – Teen Scrabble Tournament!, Runnymede Library, 4:30-6 pm.  Many will enter, few will win. Compete for a shot at becoming the next Scrabble champion and win prizes! For youth ages 13-19. Snacks provided.  Space is limited. Register in person or by phone at 416-393-7697.  Presented by the Runnymede Library Youth Advisory Group.

Wed., May 20 – What’s Trending?, Runnymede Library, 4-5 pm.  Calling all fangirls and fanboys! Introducing a new in-real-life forum where you can discuss the latest books, movies, TV shows, video games, apps, and more! Drop by and meet other teens who share your interests. Snacks provided. For youth ages 12-18. Presented by the Runnymede Library Youth Advisory Group.

Wed., May 20 – Cheri’s Education Town Hall! – Western Technical, 125 Evelyn Cres., Cafeteria, 7-9 pm.  As Parkdale-High Park grows, so does student enrolment.  Join MPP Cheri DiNovo and several guest speakers to discuss how our schools and school boards are adapting with redevelopment intensification, and what possible future changes may come as our community grows. Everyone in the community is invited to this free Town Hall event.

Sat., May 23 – Junction Farmers Market opens a new season.  See info above in Ongoing section.

Sat.-Sun., May 23-24 – Doors OpenSee listing above in Ongoing section.

Wed., May 27 – The Annette Village Farmers’ Market Launch Day/BBQ, Runnymede Presbyterian Church parking lot, 680 Annette St., 3-7 pm.  Sponsored by Creme Fraiche Market Cafe, this market offers fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, pasta, meats, fish, preserves, baked goods, and other artisanal delights.

Wed., May 27 – Destress and Engage for Healthy Cognitive Aging: What the Research Tells Us, Jane/Dundas Library, 7-8 pm.  Join us for this presentation by Dr. Alexandra J. Fiocco, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Ryerson University and the Stress & Healthy Aging Research Lab (StAR). Dr. Fiocco will be discussing her research on healthy cognitive aging.  Drop in program, no registration required

Wed., May 27 – “Governing Toronto: Bringing Back the City That Worked,” Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm. Alan Redway speaks about his book, which traces the growth and governance of the city from its creation in 1834 through its successful Metro years, and discusses why amalgamation is a failed model, and how other metros successfully de-amalgamated. See more at link.

Fri.-Sun., May 29-31 – 18th Annual Art Tour in Bloor West Village, High Park, and The Junction, Fri. 6-9 pm, Sat. & Sun. 11 am-5 pm.  Thirty-one locations where art is displayed, mostly artists’ studios.  See map and art samples on website.  Free admission.

Sun., May 31 – Junction Reads, 3030, 3030 Dundas St. W., 4-7 pm.  Featuring Helen Nelson, Bruce McDougall, Ed MacDonald, Tamai Kobayashi, and Diane Schoemperlen. Free.

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Note for future planning: There is a good list of local summer day camps in the May 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).

Crafts for Mom!, Thu., May 7, 3:30-6 pm, Annette St. Library.  Drop in for an afternoon of “do-it-yourself” crafting for Mom!  Make a special Mother’s Day gift to take home.  Supplies provided.  All ages.

MAP Family Saturdays – Bata Shoe Museum visits Annette Street, Sat., May 16, 10-11 am, Annette St. Library.  Have you ever wanted to feel a sealskin boot or touch a shoe made from a tire? Well, now is your chance!  Join the Bata Shoe Museum staff and touch and examine museum objects up close while hearing the fascinating stories behind the shoes.  You’ll also get to make a shoe-shaped magnet craft to take home!

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 Picket Fence Frame, Sat., May 9, 10 am to 12 noon, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W.  Kids will learn how to build a picket fence frame 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 May:  at Annette St. Library;  at Jane/Dundas Library;  at Runnymede Library 

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The Junction Farmers Market, Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm, May 23 through Oct. 31 at the Junction Train Platform (2960 Dundas Street West).

Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays (May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30), 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 (and occasional Sundays), 1:30-3 pm, meet at High Park Forest School, inside the park just south of Bloor and High Park Ave.  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., May 9 – “The Birds Are Back in Town
  • Sat./Sun., May 23-24 (same program given twice) – “Savannah in the City” – High Park is home to the 4th largest remnant of Black Oak Savannah left in Ontario. Learn about the flora and fauna that reside here and be ready to get your hands dirty!

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

  • Sun., May 3 – “The Amazing Birds of the Park.” Listen, watch, spot and identify resident and migratory birds with experienced birder Brian Bailey.
  • Sun., May 17, “Grenadier Pond Awakes.” Spring brings big changes to the pond. Aquatic Ecologist Christine Tu-Parker points out the activity.

Lambton House Open House: Sundays, 12 noon – 4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas Street.  Free admission and house tours; refreshments available.

Sorauren Farmers’ Market, Mondays, 3-7 pm, in Sorauren Park, including most holiday Mondays. During the winter the Market is indoors at the Fieldhouse, but from mid-May to October it’s an outdoor affair. Sorauren Market is owned and operated by the WestEnd Food Co-op.

Green 13 monthly planning meeting, fourth Monday (May 25), 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 (May 25), 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 (May 19), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  Creative writing group meets once a month to discuss their current writing projects. Call 416-393-7697 to register.

The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (May 26), 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.

Swansea Historical Society Meeting, first Wednesday (May 6), 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall.  Speaker May 6: Millie Morton – One-Room Schools & Ontario History.”  Visitors welcome, light refreshments.

Polish Film Night, second Wednesday (May 13), 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  “Powstanie Warszawskie” (Warsaw Uprising”) (2014).  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 (May 20), 7 pm, Indian Rd. Cresc. P.S., 2nd floor teachers’ lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cresc.  Everyone welcome; agenda for the meeting and minutes from our previous meetings are on our website.  May 20 meeting will report on the outcome of the studies by two student groups on the Dundas/Dupont/Annette intersection.

Swansea Horticultural Society, fourth Wed., Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 7:30 pm. May 27 – “Flower Arranging” with Sue Clarkson.  Join us in the Rousseau Room, Main Floor, and have your questions ready.

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.

West Toronto Junction Historical Society meeting, first Thursday (May 7), Annette Library, downstairs, 7:30 pm. You are invited to our AGM.  Participate in democracy and vote for the candidate of your choice for the WTJHS executive.  Join in a frank and ultimately long-lasting discussion of the future of a two-time Heritage Toronto award-winning historical society.  Meet your fellow local history buffs and sample delicious snacks.

Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday (May 21), 7-10 pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. (at Jane).  Guests are Celina Di Cecca and Tony Nesbitt Larking. 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 (May 8), 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.  May 8: Lesson in East Coast Swing taught by Steve Miller.

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 (May 5), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
  • first Wednesday (May 6), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
  • first Wednesday (May 6), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
  • second Monday (May 11), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
  • last Monday (May 25), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, Polish Book Club; conducted in Polish.

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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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