Updates for April e-Newsletter

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Note that the JRA’s Community Clean-Up Day, previously annouced for Sun., Apr. 24, has been moved to Sat., Apr. 23, so please join us at the Green P parking lot on Pacific Ave. between 10 am and 1 pm.

High Park Cherry Blossom Watch:  Celebrate spring’s arrival with a visit to High Park and participate in the centuries old Japanese tradition of Sakura Hanami, roughly translated as “cherry blossom flower viewing.” The flowering of the Sakura trees is spectacular, but peak bloom only lasts about a week, so keep updated on the progress of the blooms by visiting our website. We’ll take weekly photos of the buds so you don’t miss a thing!  And perhaps donate a little to keep this service funded.

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Wed., Apr. 27 – Nature walk and bird songs in Lambton Park, 10 am.  Meet at corner of Scarlett Rd. and Edenbridge Dr. (south of Eglinton) by the gas station for a circular walk, morning only.  Leader: Miles Hearn.  Sponsored by Toronto Field Naturalists.

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Walk This Way:  Free Nordic pole walking group, Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 am, meet at Black Oak Cafe, West Road, High Park.  No experience required, poles supplied.  Contact Junko at 416-604-0640 ext. 6453 for more information, and to check on the weather.  Group will be continuing probably until mid-November.

Councillor Doucette on traffic study

Just after mailing the JRA e-newsletter, we received an email bulletin from Councillor Doucette.  For those who did not receive it, we make it available here:

…I want to thank residents for taking the time to fill out our survey on traffic issues on Vine Avenue, McMurray Avenue and Pacific Avenue (North of Dundas).  As you may know, a traffic study was undertaken by Transportation Services in late 2014. The results of that study were found to be “significantly below the minimum criteria for traffic calming” and Transportation Services did not recommend making any changes.  Despite this, traffic issues remain a concern….  (more)

JRA e-newsletter – April 2016

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Spring is here! This year again, your Junction Residents Association (JRA) will organize a Community Clean-up Day on Saturday, Apr. 23, from 10 AM to 1 PM, 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 Sat., Apr. 23.
  • Find a park, lane-way, 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 1 pm on Saturday. The JRA will organize pick-up by Sanitation.

The newly renovated Campbell Lofts, 2870 Dundas St. W., is starting to reserve units for tenants, occupancy August 1, 2016.  Campbell Lofts is a boutique-style loft building which has been renovated extensively over the past two years and consists of ground-floor commercial units (90% leased already) and 31 residential units (2nd and 3rd floors).  Contact Ms. Sogol Monfared (416-723-2346), who is in charge of leasing and will be happy to provide posters and flyers in print/digital format, floor plans and renderings, pictures, price list, etc.   The website offers more information.


JRA e-newsletter updates:  Because this newsletter is mailed only once a month (on the last day of the month), we occasionally get wind of an event (or a change in an already scheduled event) that is too late to be included.  To make these late changes and additions available to you, we’ll post them to the JRA website front page.  Please check there mid-month or so to catch any late-breaking events.


TransformTO Community ConversationsToronto residents are invited to join a community conversation about climate change and how we can shape Toronto’s future as a low-carbon city. The City will host four community conversations this spring to build a vision of what Toronto will look like in the year 2050 with drastically reduced greenhouse gas emissions.  The first, and nearest, is Apr. 25 at Metro Hall, 55 John St., 6-9 pm, and it will be chaired by Councillor Gord Perks.  The conversations are part of TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable, Prosperous Toronto, a City initiative in collaboration with Toronto Atmospheric Fund.  You can learn more and register for an event near you at http://toronto.ca/transformto.  All four events have the format:  6 pm, open house; 7-9 pm, presentation and roundtable discussions.

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There are two local Community Environment Days this month:  Ward 13 on April 16 in the City Parking Lot at 2001 Lakeshore Blvd (east of Ellis), 10 am-2 pm, and Ward 14 at Sorauren Park (along Wabash Ave. south of Dundas St. W.), 10 am-2 pm.  Here’s how you help yourself and the community that day:

Reuse, recycle and safely dispose of a number of household items including: cell phones, small electronics, printers and fax machine, household hazardous waste, fluorescent bulbs, computer components, small TV’s, unused medications, old batteries, propane tanks and inkjet and laser cartridges.

Pick Up for Free – Green Bin and Kitchen Container (with proof of new residency in the last 90 days or in exchange for a damaged bin); leaf compost (limit one cubic metre per household)

Donate to schools for reuse
– Yarn, knitting needles, sewing notions, buttons and keys
– Children’s books, musical instruments
– CD’s, CD cases, 35 mm cameras
– Costume jewellery including broken, old watches
– Arts and crafts supplies (pencils, crayons, markers, etc)
– Corks, cork boards, clipboards
– Dress-up clothing (costumes, prom dresses, uniforms)

Donate for Reuse
– Sporting goods (e.g. skates, hockey equipment, bikes, rackets)
– Books (excluding school/university books)
– Eyeglasses, walking aids, hearing aids,etc.
– Small household items (e.g. clothing, linens)
– Non-perishable foods will be donated to a food bank
– All items must me in very good condition

New this year:
•  Used Bicycle Drive – Donate used, complete bicycles for refurbishing
•  Free Document Shredding – Bring your old bills, bank and credit card statements and have them shredded.
•  VHS Cassette Collection – Get rid of those old VHS tapes.
•  “Please Slow Down” Signs – Free lawn signs will be available for pick-up

Please do not bring: construction waste, gasoline, garbage, wood, audio cassettes, commercial/industrial hazardous waste or scrap metal.  Check out the online Waste Wizard to see how to dispose of these and other unwanted stuff.


From the Junction Farmers Market team:  Do you know a food-lover in the community who would want to work for a local vendor at our Saturday market? A few of our vendor friends are looking to grow their teams! This is an excellent opportunity to be part of the team that helps make our farmers market great. If you or someone you know is interested in this opportunity, and would be available on Saturday mornings, please get in touch with them.  They are looking forward to hearing from you!
•   Patricia from Fifth Town Cheese (email to patricia@fifthtown.ca)
•   Jennifer from Fisherfolk (email to jennifer@fisherfolk.ca)
•   Angelos from Country Meadows Organics (email to info.countrymeadowsorganics@gmail.com)


Here are two programs aimed at new parents — there doesn’t seem to be a category below where they would get the attention they deserve, so I’ll put them here:

Make the Connection, Thursdays Mar. 31 – May 19, Jane/Dundas Library, 10 am – 12 noon.  A free 9-week program for parents and babies from birth to 12 months. Learn more about connecting with your baby in ways that make your baby feel loved, and promote language and learning. Meet other new parents and find out about services in your community. Note:  This series has already begun; for those who are willing to enter late (on Apr. 7, the third session), please call Laura (Public Health Nurse) at 416-338-6264.  Similar parenting programs are given now and then, here and there; see website  or call Toronto Health Connection, 416-338-7600.

Infant/Family CPR & Safety Workshop, in Bloor West Village, Sun., Apr. 10, 10 am-12:30 pm.  Would you know what to do if your baby stopped breathing and went blue at home?  Our Infant/Family CPR & Safety Workshop teaches you what to do if the unthinkable happens. This 2.5-hour course focuses on accident prevention, basic family first aid, as well as infant & child CPR and relief of choking. Great for expectant parents, experienced parents, grandparents, aunt & uncles, babysitters and all childcare providers.  Cost: $50 per person +HST.  More at website.


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At the Village Playhouse, Apr. 22 – May 14:  The Fox on the Fairway by Ken Ludwig; director, Katherine Bignell; producer, Steve Minnie.  Nothing like a relaxing game of golf . . . when there’s some “green” at stake. Another hole-in-one comedy by the author of Lend Me a Tenor.


 

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

Fri., Apr. 1 – Community Pub Night at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Doors open 6:30 pm, music from 8:00 by “Hawk’s Nest Trio” — “a mix of Roots, Rockabilly, Country and good ol’ Rock n Roll by Dave Hubert, Neil Cotton, John Cox… 2 guitars, one bass, 3 vocals.”  Free admission; sandwiches, beer, wine, coffee, snacks for sale.  The traditional Lambton House hot roast beef sandwiches will be available for purchase (from 6:30) — arrive early as they sell out quickly!  Bus #55 from Jane TTC station, or #30 from High Park or Islington stations.

Sat., Apr. 2 – Pop-Up Tour: Bloor West/Baby Point Wellness Tour, 4:30-6:45 pm or so (location sent upon registration). A behind-the-scenes look at local venues, businesses, and shops, with a fun experience and/or swag at each.  Sponsored by The Westside’s Story.  Cost: $30/person, 10 people maximum.  To reserve, pay on the website.  This time, visit:
• 4:30 pm: Bloor West Homeopathic and Wellness Clinic will let us in on the secrets of stress, hormones, and weight management.
• 5:20 pm: Explore the many experiences at Talk Touch Move and walk away with knowledge and some free gifts!
• 6 pm: Experience the calming influence of Tao Sangha with a meditation, dharma talk, and tea.

Mon., Apr. 4 – Lactivism with Courtney Jung, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm.  Breastfeeding has become a moral imperative for new mothers. But are women being sold a bill of goods about the merits of the practice? University of Toronto professor Courtney Jung offers a critique of how breastfeeding has become big business, but bad policy.

Wed., Apr. 6 – Shakespeare 400 HD Screenings: King John, Annette St. Library, 2-4:45 pm.  Story: War is the inevitable result when the King of France demands that King John (ruled 1199-1216) relinquish his crown in favour of his nephew.  Excommunication, attempted atrocity, rebellion and assassination all contribute to a political and personal turmoil that finds devastating expression in an anguished mother’s grief for her son.

Wed., Apr. 6 – Town Hall on Medical Assistance in Dying, Annette St. Library, 7-9 pm. Come out and hear discussion with MP Arif Virani and a panel of experts, and share your views with them.  RSVP to Arif.Virani.C1@parl.gc.ca with subject “MAID Town Hall RSVP.”  More background at weblink.

Thu., Apr. 7 – All the World’s a Stage, Or Is It?  Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm.  Shakespeare in the subway, hospitals and bars? Or better left for Stratford? Wolf Manor’s Dylan Brenton and Michael Kelly of Shakespeare-in-Action debate staging Shakespeare in found spaces versus stage.  Lend Me Your Ears: Toronto’s indie Shakespeare artists debate the vitality of the Bard’s work in the modern world and what drives performances today. Moderated by Victoria Urquhart, director of Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective.

Thu., Apr. 7 – West Toronto Junction Historical Society Meeting, “To strengthen peace: Music and dance in the Canadian fur trade (1750-1850),” Annette Library, 7 pm social time, 7:30 pm for business meeting, speaker at 8:15 pm.  Talk by Daniel Laxer, based on his PhD dissertation at the University of Toronto, “Listening to the Fur Trade: Sound, Music, and Dance in Northern North America, 1760-1840,” which he is currently revising for publication by McGill-Queen’s University Press.  More info at website.

Fri., Apr. 8 – Family Happy Hour, Magic Oven, 347 Keele St., 5-7:30 pm.  The Junction Project says:  “Dust off those dancing shoes and shake off those winter blues! Join friends and family for a family-friendly happy hour!  Kid-friendly music, food for sale at the bar, and Magic Oven’s bevvies for us adults. Only $2 a head — all proceeds, as always, go toward our summer fun at Vine Park.  Stop by anytime during the event!  Hope to see you all there :)”

Sat., Apr. 9 – Spring Run-Off in High Park, 10 am-noon.  Established in 1978, the Spring Run-Off is Toronto’s oldest, continuously-held road race. The race features an infamously challenging course through High Park, a consistently strong elite presence, beautiful medals, souvenir race shirts, cheering stations, and live entertainment.  It’s a family-friendly event features strong traditions — a bagpiper leading runners to the start line, maple syrup prizes and a pancake breakfast.  Registration for participants ($50) is open until Apr. 3.

Sat., Apr. 9 – Hiring a Lawyer for a Lawsuit: What are Unbundled Services?  Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm.  Lawsuits cost a lot of money. Lawyers are now beginning to offer what is called “limited scope retainer” or “unbundled” services, meaning that lawyers can help you for only certain parts of your case. Hear how to hire a lawyer this way, so that no one needs to go to court without any help. This is a great way to improve access to legal services.  Presented by Heather Hui-Litwin, Ph.D., J.D.

Tue., Apr. 12 – “Jane’s Journey,” Runnymede Library, 6:15-8:15 pm.  This film is an inspiring tribute to legendary anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall, highly respected in the field of wildlife conservation for her ground-breaking animal research.   We travel with her across several continents, from her childhood home in England, to the Gombe National Park in Tanzania where she began her groundbreaking research and where she still returns every year to enjoy the company of the chimpanzees that made her famous. Free screening and discussion, co-sponsored by Green 13.

Tue., Apr. 12 – “Comedy Can Be Murder: An Aristophanes Murder-Comedy,” Annette St. Library, 7:30 pm.  Book launch  by author Neil Ross, who debuts his new historical comedy in an unusual “reading/performance.”  In ancient Athens, up-and-coming comic playwright Aristophanes is accused of murdering his leading actor.  With his one-liners and the strong arm of the leggy Lysistrata, he must solve the murder, dodge arrows, and produce the first known comic masterpiece — against the backdrop of an absurd war.  Professor Wagstaff (apparently an alias of Groucho Marx) translated this ancient document and, to help bridge the millennia, he has “cast” the novel with 24 modern comedians, thespians and politicians.  Free admission.

Thu., Apr. 14 – Vegan Potluck by Vegetarians of High Park, in a condo party room at Bloor and High Park Ave. (address given to those who RSVP), 6:30-8:30 pm.  We’ll start with a vegan potluck, and then registered dietitian Pamela Fergusson will give a talk about vegetarian sources of protein, calcium, iron, omega-3 fats, and vitamins D and B12, as well as tips for reducing stress, anxiety and depression with a plant-based diet.  For the potluck, please bring a vegan dish (no meat, eggs, dairy, fish or honey) to share, as well as your own plate and utensils. For those who are shy about making a dish, you can always bring a drink or a simple store-bought dish — ask for suggestions when you RSVP.  RSVP required by Sun., Apr. 10 to highpark@veg.ca.

Thu., Apr. 14 – Wellness Workshop, Jane/Dundas Library, 7-7:55 pm.  A workshop focused on learning how to set and achieve goals, stress-management techniques, and practices to attain balance in life. Led by counsellor Lourdes Carbajal from the Polycultural Community Immigrant Services. For more information call 416-394-1014.

Thu., Apr. 14 – “The Latest Buzz about Urban Beekeeping,” Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., doors open 7 pm, talk 7:30 pm.  A talk about bees and their life in urban areas by Sarah Allinson-Chorabik of the Toronto Bee Rescue. Dedicated to the humane removal and relocation of established honeybee colonies within the GTA.  Refreshments, free admission.  Co-sponsored by Heritage York and Toronto Bee Rescue.  A free-will offering would be appreciated.

Sat., Apr. 16 – Ward 13 Community Environment Day, 2001 Lake Shore Blvd. (city parking lot east of Ellis Ave.), 10 am-2 pm.  Safely dispose of a number of household items including: cell phones, small electronics, printers and fax machine, household hazardous waste, fluorescent bulbs, computer components, small TV’s, unused medications, old batteries, propane tanks and inkjet and laser cartridges.  For more information about what you pick up and drop off, see list at top of newsletter.

Sat., Apr. 16 – Play Reading Group, Annette St. Library, 1-4 pm.  Like reading aloud? Enjoy theatre?  Join us for a free community play-reading group, this time reading Easter by August Strindberg.  Led by theatre-lover/actor Carina Cojeen, this group will read plays together monthly through April.  For more information, check out the Meetup website.  Free; all welcome; no experience necessary.

Sat., Apr. 16 – Toronto Seed Library, Annette Library, 2-3 pm.  Love to garden?  Interested in preserving and exchanging seeds?  Find out about the Toronto Seed Library.  Bring seeds to exchange!  Free seeds for all!  Find out about the new community garden in Ward 13.  Kids are invited too – plant a seed today!

Sun., Apr. 17 – Evensong for St. George,  St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave., 4 pm.  Followed by St. George’s Tea and a talk by Douglas Cowling on the world of Shakespeare and his contemporary, English Renaissance composer William Byrd.  The event will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on St. George’s Day, Apr. 23, 1616.

Tue., Apr. 19 – Tuesday Film Night, Runnymede Library, 6 pm.  No film in April! 

Tue., Apr. 19 – Film “Hadwin’s Judgement,” Annette St. Library, 6:15 pm.  A special Earth Day (Apr. 22) screening and discussion, co-sponsored by Green 13.  A stunning documentary by Sasha Snow based on the award-winning book The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed by John Vaillant, the story of logger Gran Hadwin’s transformation into an environmental terrorist who challenged the destruction of the world’s last great temperate rainforest.

Tue., Apr. 19 – eh List Author Series:  Kathleen Grissom, Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm.  This author of New York Times bestseller and beloved book club favourite The Kitchen House talks about her new novel Glory Over Everything, which is set in 1830 and continues the story of Jamie Pyke, son of both a slave and master of Tall Oaks.  Book signing to follow.  Note: This is a new time.

Wed., Apr. 20 – Our Oceans and Us, Annette St. Library, 1-2 pm.  Marine biologist Andrea Seibt looks at the profound effect that oceans have on all of us, and at our impact on the health of oceans, which is not always positive. As our understanding of the complex systems that support ocean life has improved, we are realizing how much of an impact we have on the world beneath the water’s surface. Despite these increasing challenges, our oceans are still an amazing treasure of biodiversity, healthy food and awe!

Sat., Apr. 23 – Ward 14 Community Environment Day, Sorauren Park (along Wabash Ave. south of Dundas St. W.), 10 am-2 pm.  Safely dispose of a number of household items including: cell phones, small electronics, printers and fax machine, household hazardous waste, fluorescent bulbs, computer components, small TV’s, unused medications, old batteries, propane tanks and inkjet and laser cartridges. For more information about what you pick up and drop off, see list at top of newsletter.

Sun., Apr. 24 – Let’s Clean the Junction Together!  It’s time for some spring cleaning. Gather your friends, neighbours, co-workers and classmates to clean a park, laneway or any other space that needs your help.  (See more information at top of newsletter.)

Sun., Apr. 24 – Classical Music Conservatory Benefit Concert, Roncesvalles United Church, 214 Wright Avenue at Roncesvalles, 1:30-3:30 pm.  This year the Classical Music Conservatory will be raising money for a very important cause:  youth mental health at CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health). See website for ticket info.

Mon., Apr. 25 – TransformTO Community Conversation, Metro Hall, 55 John St., 6-9 pm.  See background and links above, under News.  Toronto residents are invited to join a community conversation about climate change and how we can shape Toronto’s future as a low-carbon city.  This session will be chaired by Councillor Gord Perks.

Mon., Apr. 25 – Wills and Estate Planning, Annette St. Library, 7-8 pm.  Edward Olkovich, one of Canada’s leading estate experts, will simplify what you must do to make a will. Edward (“Mr. Wills”) makes Estate Planning easy and, more importantly, fun!

Tue., Apr. 26 – Spring Awakening: Ask a Master Gardener, Annette St. Library, 7-8 pm.  Learn easy steps to grow your best garden ever!  Plus view enchanting photos to motivate you into action.
– Monthly tasks for the flower beds, shrubs, veggie patch and lawn
– When to start seeds, cut back foliage, clean up and weed
– Right time to prune and plant shrubs, use dormant oil
– When to plant, divide, stake and deadhead perennials
– When to re-seed, de-thatch and aerate the lawn
– Best times to mulch, water and compost
– Five great ways to maximize results in the veggie patch

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Poetry Slam, Wednesdays (Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27), Jane/Dundas Library, 4:30-6:30 pm.  Spoken word poetry artist and 2014 World Poetry Slam Champion Ikenna “OpenSecret” Onyegbula has performed his work across the country. This winter he will be leading a poetry slam workshop for youth 13-24 years of age, to provide youth with mentorship and artistic opportunities, while allowing them develop their leadership skills. Come out and work with some of the finest young poets the city has to offer, and showcase your talent.  Registration is required. Pick up an application from the library today. Please call 416-394-1014 for more information.

Tue., Apr. 5 – Who Are You?  Runnymede Library, 4:30-6 pm.  Youth are invited to participate in a “Spin the Wheel” game and answer questions about healthy eating, physical activity, self-esteem, and lifestyle issues. This interactive workshop is designed to raise awareness about the factors that influence body image, educate youth about health, and stimulate discussion on healthy lifestyle choices. Presented by the Toronto Public Health.  For youth ages 12 and up. Snacks provided.  Call 416-393-7697 for more information.

Mon., Apr. 11 – Tea & Teen Books, Runnymede Library, 4:30-5:30 pm.  Looking for your next great teen read? Join us for a cup of tea, snacks and a lively presentation of teen fiction, comic books and graphic novels. Bring your friends and share your favourite teen books! Drop-in.

Mon., Apr. 18 – Money 101: Financial Literacy for Teens, Runnymede Library, 4:30-6 pm.  Join us for a personal financial management workshop designed especially for teens!  Topics include selecting and opening a bank account, percentage and interest calculation, debt and credit cards, how to manage your income, savings, expenses and budgets more effectively and investment options for the young investor. Workshop led by Michael Goldberg, winner of the 2011 Outstanding Educator in Financial Literacy Award, and a Business and Computer Studies teacher at Martingrove Collegiate Institute of the TDSB. Don’t miss this chance to invest 90 minutes of your time to learn financial management skills that will pay off for the rest of your life!  For youth ages 13 and up. Parents are welcome. No registration required. Call 416-393-7697 for more info.

Tue., Apr. 19 – Runnymede Youth Advisory Group meets monthly, Runnymede Library, 4:30-5:30 pm.  For youth ages 13-19.  Do you want to earn volunteer hours, meet other teens and contribute to library services and programs? Join the Runnymede YAG!  New members are welcome year-round.  Get application form at branch; for more info, call 416-393-7697.

Thu., Apr. 28 – Teen Gaming, Jane/Dundas Library, 3:30-5:30 pm.  Bring your friends and play on a variety of games and consoles. Drop-in event.

See also these events which might interest teens, in the regular calendar above:
• Wed., Apr. 6 – Shakespeare 400 HD Screenings: King John, Annette St. Library, 2 pm
• Thu., Apr. 7 – All the World’s a Stage, Or Is It?  Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm.
• Tue., Apr. 12 – “Jane’s Journey,” Runnymede Library, 6:15-8:15 pm.
• Tue., Apr. 19 – Film “Hadwin’s Judgement,” Annette St. Library, 6:15 pm.
• Wed., Apr. 20 – Our Oceans and Us, Annette St. Library, 1-2 pm.
• Thu., Apr. 26 – Ask a Master Gardener: Spring Awakening, Annette St. Library, 7-8 pm.

=====   Future events for children that need advance registration    =====

Camps for children are offered by the High Park Nature Centre.  For online registration tips.

Camps for children are offered by Colborne Lodge — call 416-392-6916 to register, or see website.

Note: To use the Toronto Fun portal to register online, you will need a Family Number and a Client Number for each camper.  To get them, go to toronto.ca/camps or phone 416 338 4FUN (416 338 4386)

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

Mondays (Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25) – After School Club, Jane/Dundas Library, 4-5 pm. Looking for something fun to do after school?  Come and learn new things, make stuff, meet other kids and have fun!  For children ages 6-12 years old.  Each month will be a different theme — April’s theme is “Science Fun.”  Conduct experiments, learn something new and have some fun causing cool reactions.  Maybe even cause an explosion!

Thu., Apr. 7 – Mini Scientists, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  Listen to stories, participate in experiments, and learn something new! Each month we will discover a different science related theme! For children ages 3-5 with their parents or caregivers.

Sat., Apr. 9 – Build A Butterfly House, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W., 10 am-12 noon. Kids will learn how to build a Butterfly House with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. A free hands-on workshop designed for children ages 5-12.

Wednesdays Apr. 13, 20, 27, May 4 – Crafting Stories, Annette St. Library, 4-5:30 pm.  So you want to write? Got some fantastic ideas? Join Rukhsana Khan, an award-winning author and storyteller, who’ll show you the ropes in a lively and interactive workshop on how to craft a story.  Ages 8 – 12. Space is limited. Register at the branch or by calling 416-393-7692.  Sophie’s Studio was created to support early literacy, creativity and writing skills in young children thanks to a bequest from long-time library lover and user Sophia Lucyk.  Please note that the time of this workshop was previously listed as 3:30 – 5 p.m. and has changed.

Fri., Apr. 15 – Afternoon at the Movies, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-4 pm.  Looking for something to do on your P.A. Day? Come and watch “The Peanuts Movie” at the library!  This movie is rated G.  For pre-school and school-age kids.  No registration required.  Groups must call ahead to check space availability.

Tue., Apr. 19 – Elephant Journey, Runnymede Library, 1:30-2:30 pm.  Author and animal advocate, Rob Laidlaw, will recount the fascinating story of his new book, Elephant Journey.  In 2013, people across North America were riveted by the story of Toka, Thika and Iringa, the last three elephants at Toronto Zoo. Lonely, sick from the cold and weak, the elephants desperately needed a change. Zoo and animal advocates agreed, but the best option, the Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary, was in California.

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

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

High Park Walks, first and third Sundays, 10:30 am to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet in the middle of High Park, at the benches across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant.  Contact: John Howard, highparkwalkingtours@yahoo.ca
•   Apr. 3:  Lost Waterways – That gurgling sound beneath your feet? It’s a river! City Planner Leo deSorcy follows the flow.
•  Apr. 17:  Spring Photo Buff Walk – Professional photographer David Allen helps you frame the best seasonal images. Bring your camera.

High Park Stewards, occasional Sundays, Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Dr., 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Apr. 10:  “Toronto’s Ravines and Urban Forests,” with Jason Ramsay-Brown, author of Toronto’s Ravines & Urban Forests.

Lambton House Open House, Sundays, 12-4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Free admission and guided tours; refreshments available.  “Please call about noon (416-767-5472) to confirm that we are open on a given Sunday, as sometimes the facility is rented.”

Junction Reads, occasional Sundays, 5 pm, Magic Oven, 347 Keele St.  All welcome.  Sign-up sheet at the door!   Next event is May 29.

Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (Apr. 25) but not July, Aug., Dec.; Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., come at 12:15 pm, lunch served at 12:30.  WTSS Silver Circle and SASA present a hot, nutritious lunch, $5. An opportunity for adults 55+ years to socialize.  Call 416-653-3535 x.240 to reserve in advance.

Green 13 monthly planning meeting, last Monday (Apr. 25), 6:15 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.  Contact green13group@gmail.com

The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (Apr. 26), 7-8:15 pm, Annette St. Library.  Put your knitting needles together and help keep someone without a home warm this year.  Patterns, wool and some needles are available, or if you have something in your personal stash to donate to the cause, it will be welcome.  For more info, email us at streetknit@gmail.com

Swansea Historical Society Meeting, first Wednesday (Oct.-May ex Jan.), 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall.  Apr. 6:  Rona Arato – “The Last Train—A Holocaust Story.”  Last year, Rona Arato delivered a most interesting and informative talk on “Josiah Henson and the Underground Railway”. We are delighted that she has accepted our invitation to return to Swansea with a talk based on an incident from World War II.  More info.

West Bend Community Association meeting, third Wednesday, 7 pm, Indian Rd. Crescent P.S., 2nd floor teachers’ lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cres.  Apr. 20: Everyone welcome; agenda for the meeting and minutes from our previous meetings are on our website.

Swansea Horticultural Society Meeting, fourth Wednesday, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor), 7:30 pm.  Apr. 27: “The Versatility of Herbs” with speaker Glenn Brunetti. Info: 416-763-1897.

Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday, 7-9:30 pm.  Apr. 21:  John Showman, of New Country Rehab and Lonesome Ace String Band, will run a fiddle workshop at 7 pm ($15), followed by a concert and jam session ($20).  At Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. (at Jane).  All folk instruments, levels and ages welcome.  Info: 416-402-1642 or fiddleshow@gmail.com.

Toronto Swing Dance Society, second (or third) Friday, 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W.  Monthly dances for all ages.  Apr. 8: Hustle lesson with Mary Adams (and swing, of course).  7:45 pm, beginner lesson (3/4 hour); 8:30 pm, intermediate lesson (1/2 hour); 9 pm, D.J. dance until midnight.  Cost: $8 for members, $12 for nonmembers.  No experience or partner needed.

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

Computer & Library Training: User Education, Saturdays, Jane/Dundas Library, 10 am-12 pm.  Apr. 23:  Move That Mouse! Basic Mouse Skills.  Apr. 30:  Basic Keyboarding Skills.  Other topics will be taught in coming months; see schedule on website.  Space is limited, please register in person, or call the branch at 416-394-1014.

Family Nature Walks.  Saturdays, 1:30-3 pm.  No pre-registration necessary, these are drop-in events, great for all ages – bring the whole family!  $2-5 per person suggested donation, or PWYC. Meet at High Park Nature Centre (formerly Forest School), inside the park just south of Bloor and High Park Ave.
•   Apr. 2:  “Nuts About Seeds”:  Nuts and seeds are amazing survivors and seasoned travellers. Learn many nutty ways that seeds get around – from hitchhikers to tummy travellers, we will find tons of incredible seeds.
•   Apr. 16:  “Signs of Spring”:  I saw the sign…of spring in High Park…and it opened my eyes! Come join us and count the signs of spring on a hike through Toronto’s biggest park.
•   Apr. 30:  “Savannah Stewards”:  We need stewards to help protect the endangered High Park Savannah habitat, the 4th largest Black Oak Savannah left in Ontario. Join us for a hike followed by a campfire. We’ll discuss why fire is essential to restoration of the Savannah.

Toronto Marine Historical Society meeting, first Sat. of Nov.-Apr., Swansea Town Hall, 2:30-4:30 pm.  Apr. 2:  David Bull will present the second instalment of his illustrated look at the vessels and operations of the Soo River Company, which ceased business in 1982.

Other groups in our area — use website or phone/email for more information:

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

Scottish Country Dancing, Wednesdays at Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Rd.  Call Dorothy Lothian, 416-762-5037 or Barbara Kalmuk, 416 766-3879 for more information.

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

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

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

Local library book clubs are as follows:
▪  first Tuesday (Apr. 5), 6:30-7:30 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
▪  first Wednesday (Apr. 6), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
▪  first Wednesday (Apr. 6), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
▪  second Monday (Apr. 11), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
▪  fourth/last Monday (Apr. 25), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, Polish Book Club; conducted in Polish.

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Event cancelled at Runnymede Library, Mar. 30

This event has been canceled:

Wed., Mar. 30 – Billie Livingston, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm.  The eh List Author Series presents this acclaimed novelist. Simmering with dark humour and piercing insights, her new novel, The Crooked Heart of Mercy, is a startling reminder that redemption can be found in the most unlikely of places.

More updates for March e-Newsletter

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New:  Tue., Mar. 29 – Pre-application meeting for 2973 Dundas St. W. (at Pacific Avenue), West Toronto Baptist Church (3049 Dundas St. W.), 7 pm.  The previously approved application for a seven-storey dwelling at the northwest corner of Dundas and Pacific is being re-opened by the proponent, who wishes to expand the site west, encompassing two additional buildings.  The applicant will be hosting this meeting.  Please stop by to share your thoughts with the applicant.

Updates for March e-Newsletter

As promised, these are changes and additions to the newsletter which was sent out on Jan. 31.  The full newsletter, in its original form (no changes added), is below this posting.  — Editor

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Job Opportunities with vendors at the Junction Farmers Market — see more at link.

 

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Canceled:   Sun., Mar. 27 – Toronto Field Naturalists Walk, “Windermere and the Queensway — Lower High Park Walk” — replaced with walk below on this date.

Rescheduled:  Sun., Mar. 13 – Toronto Field Naturalists Walk, Keele and St. Clair: “Canadian National Strangles Toronto,”  rescheduled to Sun., Mar. 27, 1:30 pm at the corner of St. Clair Avenue and Old Weston Road (one block east of Keele Street).   Ian Wheal leads a walk on how CN imposed restrictions on the City of Toronto that impacted the growth of western Toronto.

New:  Tue., Mar. 29 – Town Hall on the Leap Manifesto, Bishop Morrocco/Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School, 1515 Bloor St. W., 7 pm.  Avi Lewis, the director of the documentary “This Changes Everything,” will be speaking on the Leap Manifesto.  Avi Lewis is a documentary film maker on social and political struggles, Naomi Klein’s collaborator and partner, a former television host and a former journalist for Al Jazeera.

 

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Programs for children offered by the High Park Nature Centre:

  • The 2016 Summer Camps are now full.  If you would like to add your child to a wait list, you can do so on our camps page.
  • Registration is open for weekly Summer Nature Clubs for kids aged 1 – 5 and their guardians.
  • Spring Clubs for Kids:  There are still a few spots left in several clubs

 

JRA e-newsletter – March 2016

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The next JRA general community meeting is on Thu., Mar. 10, 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W.  Meet your neighbours.  Refreshments served.  We will be discussing:

  • Approval of January 2016 meeting minutes (JRA members, please read them beforehand)
  • Community police representative from 11 Division
  • Update from Annette Library on Function 2015 funds spent
  • Plans for Function in the Junction 2016
  • Meet new businesses in the neighbourhood, including Canada Bliss Herbal Society
  • Update on development in the area

To be confirmed:

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


JRA e-newsletter updates:  Because this newsletter is mailed only once a month (on the last day of the month), we occasionally get wind of an event (or a change in an already scheduled event) that is too late to be included.  To make these late changes and additions available to you, we’ll post them to the JRA website front page.  Please check there mid-month or so to catch any late-breaking events.


The Toronto Ward Boundary Review (TWBR) Round Two Report – Civic Engagement + Public Consultation is now available. This report summarizes feedback received about the five (5) options for a new ward boundary structure in Toronto. The feedback was collected at 12 public meetings hosted across Toronto, through an online public survey and from interviews held with Members of Council.  How did we get here? Learn more about the process and timeline. Read the Options Report and look at the Options Maps. Read the Consultation Guides, other Reports and Presentation material issued during the course of this process.  Next Steps: The Final Report, which will include a recommendation for a new ward structure for Toronto, is scheduled to be presented at the City of Toronto Executive Committee on May 24.

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Junction Helps, a new community effort, is working towards resettling a Syrian family in Toronto’s west end.  “We will be hosting our first major fundraiser, Songs for Syria at 3030 on Thu., Mar. 24; doors open at 8 pm.  We are looking for businesses to help sponsor this event, and for people in the community to come out to the event and have fun — a band, dancing, DJ, and silent auction!  Tickets are on sale now, 2 for $50, at Crema Coffee, 3079 Dundas St. W.  We were inspired by local grade 6 students who approached Parent Council wanting to help the Syrian refugees.  Let’s show these kids we can make a difference!  Can’t go but want to help? Donate online (by way of our umbrella organization Humanity First Canada) or contact us at junctionhelps@gmail.com


Register now for the Spring Run-Off in High Park:  Established in 1978, the Spring Run-Off is Toronto’s oldest, continuously-held road race.  It will be held on Sat., April 9, 2016.  The race features an infamously challenging course through High Park, a consistently strong elite presence, beautiful medals, souvenir race shirts, cheering stations, and live entertainment.  Registration ($50) is open until Apr. 3.


CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS for Earth Hour events that will take place on Mar. 19:  We warmly welcome volunteers to poster and spread the word to family, friends and businesses to power down during Earth Hour and beyond!  If you are able, here is what we need people to do on the day:
• prepare and serve beverages
• marshall, if weather permits a walk at 7:30 pm
• take photos
• tidy up – sweep, wash floors
This is made possible by all of us, working together.  To help, contact green13group@gmail.com or 416 766 6331.


TreeMobile is a volunteer organization that sells fruit trees, shrubs and vines online at great prices. On Planting Day in early spring, TreeMobiles full of plants, compost and cheerful helpers fan out over the city, delivering and planting. Profits from sales enable us to help urban orchards and community gardens grow even more delicious local food. Our website is now open!  Order plants now for pickup/delivery on May 1.  TreeMobile is a self-sufficient grassroots community that sprouted up in 2011, funded only by the great people who buy our trees, and the work of our amazing volunteers.   Please contact us if your organization would like to host a TreeMobile next year.  Edible Community Garden Grants are available again as well. We invite schools, faith groups, community gardens and nonprofit groups to apply for a grant ($150-$750), which will supply you with fruit trees from TreeMobile and online fruit tree care training from OrchardPeople.com.  Grant applications must be received by Wed., Mar. 23, 10 pm.


Four Villages Community Health Centre is seeking individuals for its Board of Directors with knowledge and skills in law, finance and accounting, capital development and/or community engagement. An information session will be held on Wed., Mar. 2, 6:30-7:30 pm, at 1700 Bloor St. W.  After Mar. 2, applications will be available at its website, and must be completed by Fri., Mar. 11, 5 pm.


From Councillor Doucette’s newsletter:

Volunteer Board Members Sought:
⁃ The Bloor West Village Residents Association (BWVRA) is seeking a Secretary and a Treasurer, and others as Members-at-large. For a broad perspective on civic and local issues, and a meaningful way to give back to your community, contact info@bwvra.ca or 416-762-0912.
Swansea Town Hall is looking to fill vacant positions on its Board. Application forms and related information are at the website. Deadline for applications is Mon., Mar. 7, 12 noon.

Town Hall Meetings are being held on City of Toronto Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan:  Of four previously announced meetings, two took place in February, and two more are still to come. You can participate either in-person or online, to have your say on the current provision of facilities, principles for investment, and facility gaps/needs.  The website above offers a discussion guide and proposes four questions that citizens can answer by various means. Online Participation:  The town halls will be webcast live. Listen in and join the discussion by submitting written questions/comments live. Enter the webcast link into your internet browser to register in advance or join the webcast as it is happening.  Dates:
• March 2, 7–9 p.m.  — Etobicoke Olympium (Olympic Lounge) – 590 Rathburn Rd  [  webcast link ]
• March 3, 7–9 p.m.  — Edithvale Community Centre (Banquet Hall) – 131 Finch Ave West  [ webcast link ]

Metrolinx Public Consultations:  Ontario’s regional transit authority, Metrolinx, is launching region-wide public consultations to allow residents to learn more about a number of transit expansion projects.  None have been announced for March.  Metrolinx will also be offering the public an online engagement process.  See the website to view presentations and give your feedback.  Ed. note:  I have explored this website; it isn’t simple, but for those truly interested in the problems of transit in our region, I think it will be worth your effort.  Current topics are:
New Stations and Station
Access Fare Integration
Regional Transportation Plan
Electrification

Also see Councillor Doucette’s newsletter for valuable information about:
• the Feb. 8 meeting on the 2442-2454 Bloor Street West Proposal
• a new City of Toronto website allows residents to see when streets get plowed and salted


The Young Urban Forest Leaders (YUFL) Program is designed to provide young women with hands-on experience in the field of urban forestry (a field where women are historically underrepresented) and community engagement.  LEAF is currently accepting applications for the 2016 session. Applicants must be female-identified residents of Toronto aged 18-24.  Priority will be given to applicants with a need to participate in a fully-funded training program, and applications will be accepted until Sun., Mar. 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm.


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

 

Thu., Mar. 3 – Yes, You Need a Will… and Powers of Attorney, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm.  Over 55%  of Canadians have no will. Barbro Stalbecker-Pountney explains why you need an up-to-date will, what can go wrong without one and how to get the right will for you. She’ll also explain the importance of having powers of attorney in place.

Thu., Mar. 3 – Pop-Up Tour: In the Art of the Junction, 7-9 pm or so.  A behind-the-scenes look at local venues, businesses, and shops, with a fun experience and/or swag at each.  Sponsored by The Westside’s Story.  Cost: $30/person, 10 people maximum.  To reserve, pay on the website.  This time, visit:
* Above Ground Art Supplies (products for the beginning artist talk and free beginner’s art kit)
* Articulations (mini-letterpress workshop)
* Academy of Realist Art (behind-the-scenes tour)

Thu., Mar. 3 – West Toronto Junction Historical Society Meeting, Annette Library, 7:30 pm for business meeting, speaker at 8:15 pm.  Rona Arato reads passages from her book The Last Train, about a family’s amazing rescue from a death train by American soldiers and the remarkable circumstances that led to a reunion with those soldiers 60 years later. Rona Arato is the author of 15 children’s books which deal with human rights issues.  More info at website above.

Thu., Mar. 3 – Film “Overfed & Undernourished” (2014, 1:35). Swansea Town Hall, second floor, 7:30 pm.  “One boy’s journey to regain his health from the inside out — a global epidemic, a simple solution.”  “Every parent and every child in the country should watch “Overfed & Undernourished,” it will change their lives for the better.” (Dr. Arne Rubinstein)  Film trailer on website.

Fri., Mar. 4 – Pub Night at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Doors open 6:30 pm, music from 8:00 by “Memorial Park.”  Free admission; sandwiches, beer, wine, coffee, snacks for sale.  The traditional Lambton House hot roast beef sandwiches will be available for purchase (from 6:30) — arrive early as they sell out quickly!  Bus #55 from Jane TTC station, or #30 from High Park or Islington stations.

Sat., Mar. 5 – St. Patrick’s Day Book and Bake Sale, Runnymede Presbyterian Church, 680 Annette St., 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.  Our annual sale — come check out the goodies or look for a good book!

Mon., Mar. 7 – Author John Sewell reads from How We Changed Toronto, Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm.  The former Toronto mayor’s recent book chronicles the 12-year transformation of civic life from 1969 to 1980, describing the conflict-filled decade when Toronto developed a new approach to city government, civic engagement and planning policies.

Tue., Mar. 8 (International Women’s Day) – Film “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai,” Jane/Dundas Library, 6-8 pm.  The dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy — the Green Belt Movement — which became a national political force that helped to bring down Kenya’s 24-year dictatorship.  Free, sponsored by Green13.

Wed., Mar. 9 – Elizabeth Muir: Canadian Women in the Sky, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm.  We trace a century of Canadian women’s progress in aviation and space flight.  Hear stories of how Canadian women broke through the sky-blue ceiling, first as passengers on planes, then as stewardesses and pilots, and finally as astronauts.  For teens and adults.

Thu., Mar. 10 – Newcomers Mini Service Hub, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-4 pm.  Drop-in services for newcomers in the Bloor-Junction neighborhood available from 2-4 pm. Settlement service providers will be available for: housing, immigration, health services, education/language classes, legal information, trauma counselling, and employment services. Appointment booking and referrals will also be available.  Organized by Toronto South Local Immigration Partnership with the Toronto Public Library, WoodGreen Community Services, YMCA, Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, Salvation Army and FCJ Refugee Centre.  For all ages.

Thu., Mar. 10 – The Hunt for Alien Worlds, Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm.  Recent searches have turned up thousands of planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy. What strange new worlds are out there and can some of them support life? Presented by astronomer Dr. Matt Russo, and in collaboration with the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Thu., Mar. 10 – Heritage Talk with Sandra Joyce: “Remembering the Forgotten: The British Home Children in Canada,” Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Doors open 6:30 pm, talk at 7:30pm.  The daughter of a Home Child and a compelling speaker, author Sandra Joyce has written a good deal on this subject, in order to bring the experiences of Home Children to light.  Free admission.

Thu., Mar. 10 – Junction Residents Association Community Meeting, 7-9 pm, West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W.  Meet your neighbours.  Refreshments served.  See the agenda at the top of this newsletter.

Thu., Mar. 10 – Pop-Up Tour: Naturally Creative in The Junction, 7-9 pm or so.  A behind-the-scenes look at local venues, businesses, and shops, with a fun experience and/or swag at each.  Sponsored by The Westside’s Story.  Cost: $30/person, 10 people maximum.  To reserve, pay on the website.  This time, visit:
7:00 pm:  Discover the secrets to framing your artwork at Latitude 44 Gallery.
7:45 pm:  Feel the difference natural fibre makes, at Natureal. Includes a free fitting workshop and article of clothing!
8:30 pm:  Humble Beginnings restaurant; learn about their Urban High Teas, sample some tasty treats, and take home a small gift.

Sat., Mar. 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., Mar. 12 – Film & Talk, “He Named Me Malala,” Jane/Dundas Library, 2-4:30 pm.  An intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan.  She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally.  The film will be introduced by Sahar Zaidi, Project Coordinator for the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW).  Her passions are feminism, preventing violence against women, and inter-faith and intra-faith activities.  More details of film and speaker on website.  For school-age children, teens, and adults.

Sun., Mar. 13 – Time change to Daylight Savings Time: Turn clocks one hour forward at 2 am.

Sun., Mar. 13 – Toronto Field Naturalists Walk, Keele and St. Clair: “Canadian National Strangles Toronto,” 2 pm, meet at corner of Keele St. and St. Clair Ave.  Ian Wheal leads a walk on how CN imposed restrictions on the City of Toronto that impacted the growth of western Toronto.

Mon., Mar. 14 – Free screening of film “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret,” Runnymede Library, 6:30-8:30 pm.  This shocking yet humourous documentary shows intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen uncovering the most destructive industry on the planet today, and investigating why leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.  Free, with snacks; sponsored by Vegetarians of High Park.  Email highpark@veg.ca to RSVP and to be put on our email list for updates.

Tue., Mar. 15 – Tuesday Film Night, Runnymede Library, 6 pm.  Introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer.  “Jimmy’s Hall,” 2014, 109 min. During the  Depression, Jimmy Gralton returns home to Ireland after ten years of exile in America.  Seeing the levels of poverty and oppression, the activist in him reawakens and he looks to re-open the dance hall that led to his deportation.  Directed by Ken Loach.

Thu., Mar. 17 – St. Patrick’s Day

Sat., Mar. 19 – Earth Hour 2016 in Ward 13, gather at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 7 pm.  Weather permitting, Madeleine McDowell will guide a walk along the Humber River or in Warren Park, 7:30-9:30 pm, followed by light refreshments and music at Lambton House. Bring your own candle, lantern or flashlight, as well as a poem, song, reading or story to share.  Note: Very limited parking.  Warren Park Bus #55 from Jane Station stops at the door. OR, Lambton #30 bus to Humber Hill, and walk west down Old Dundas.  More info at website.  Co-sponsored by Green13 and Heritage York.

Sat., Mar. 19 – Play Reading Group, Annette St. Library, 1-4 pm.  Like reading aloud? Enjoy theatre?  Join us for a free community play-reading group, this time reading Playboy of the Western World, by J. M. Synge.  Led by theatre-lover/actor Carina Cojeen, this group will read plays together monthly through April.  For more information, check out the Meetup website. Free; all welcome; no experience necessary.

Sun., Mar. 20 – Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Colborne Lodge in High Park, 11 am to 3 pm (one week before Easter).  Outdoor egg hunts for children every 30 minutes starting at 11 am, the last hunt at 3 pm ($3 fee).  Other activities include dyeing eggs with natural dyes in the historic kitchens ($1 fee), making bunny-themed crafts, face painting, explorations of Colborne Lodge (PWYC) and a visit from the our friend the Bunny.  Note:  “It is likely to be a very busy day, so we hope that people will take TTC if possible, or park in the Grenadier Restaurant lot, accessed from Bloor St.”

Sun., Mar. 20 – A Lost Rivers Walk: “Discover the Rountree in Rountree Lavender Creek!”  Meet at Rogers Road and Caledonia Rd. at 2 pm.  We will explore the Rountree tributary of Lavender Creek. Today it is an industrial and post-industrial landscape and a neighbourhood of modest houses, many of them built by the original owners, using bricks from local brickyards. We will walk on the bed of the ancient Humber River lagoon that was part of Lake Iroquois 12,500 years ago.  We end the walk where Lavender Creek comes up from under in a tiny ravine fragment, close to a coffee shop. This is a linear walk, approximately 2K. Walk leaders: Helen Mills and friends.

Mon., Mar. 21 – Planning For Retirement, Annette St. Library, 7-8 pm.   Learn how to effectively plan for the kind of retirement you desire.  See website for a more detailed list of topics.

Thu., Mar. 24 – Songs for Syria Fundraiser for Junction Helps, at 3030; doors open at 8 pm.  This new community project, working towards resettling a Syrian family in Toronto’s west end, will provide a band, dancing, DJ, and silent auction.  Tickets are two for $50, at Crema Coffee, 3079 Dundas St. W.  See more info above, under Opportunities.

Sun., Mar. 27 – Toronto Field Naturalists Walk, “Windermere and the Queensway — Lower High Park Walk,” 2 pm meet at the corner of Windermere Ave. and The Queensway.  Ian Wheal leads a walk on natural and human history in Southern Swansea and High Park.

Wed., Mar. 30 – Billie Livingston, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm.  The eh List Author Series presents this acclaimed novelist. Simmering with dark humour and piercing insights, her new novel, The Crooked Heart of Mercy, is a startling reminder that redemption can be found in the most unlikely of places.

Thu., Mar. 31 – Challenges in Food Justice in Toronto – Talk and Discussion, Jane/Dundas Library, 7-7:45 pm.  Come learn about local Toronto food justice efforts with Tara Ramkhelawan, the Good Food Markets and Food Justice Facilitator with Toronto’s FoodShare. FoodShare believes everyone deserves access to affordable high-quality fresh food.  For teens and adults.

Thu., Mar. 31 – Pop-Up Tour:  Wellness in The Junction, 7-9 pm or so.  A behind-the-scenes look at local venues, businesses, and shops, with a fun experience and/or swag at each.  See the website for details.  Sponsored by The Westside’s Story.  Cost: $30/person, 10 people maximum.  To reserve, pay on the website.

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Programs for children are offered by the High Park Nature Centre.  See online registration tips.

  • March Break Discovery Camp (Mar. 14-18, 9-3:30), Ages: 6-10, Cost: $50 a day.
  • Spring Nature Clubs – Registration now open
  • Summer Camp – Registration now open
  • Summer Clubs Survey:  We are considering offering summer nature clubs for 0-5-year-olds and their guardians.  Click here to offer your feedback.

Programs for children are offered by Colborne Lodge — call 416-392-6916 to register, or see website.  Note: To use the Toronto Fun portal to register online, you will need a Family Number and a Client Number for each camper.  To get them, go to toronto.ca/camps or phone 416 338 4FUN (416 338 4386)
⁃ March Break Discovery Camp (Mar. 14-18, 9-4:30), Ages: 7-10, Cost: $190 /week.
⁃ Time Traveller PA Day Camps (Apr. 15 and June 10, 9-4:30), Ages: 7-10, Cost: $35 /day
⁃ John the Builder Summer Camps, ages 5-6, 9-12 – July 4-8 ($89) and Aug. 2-5 ($71)

⁃ Full-day Summer Camps, 9-4:30, $183/wk + $14/hr extended care am and/or pm available:

  • Eco Rangers, ages 7-9 – July 11-15 and Aug. 8-12
  • Sherlock Howard Mystery, ages 8-10 – July 18-22 and Aug. 15-19
  • Architecture and Innovation, ages 9-12 – July 25-29 and Aug. 22-26

=====   Some events especially for teens    =====

Poetry Slam, Wednesdays (Mar. 1, 9, 16), Jane/Dundas Library, 4:30-6:30 pm.  Spoken word poetry artist and 2014 World Poetry Slam Champion Ikenna “OpenSecret” Onyegbula has performed his work across the country. This winter he will be leading a poetry slam workshop for youth 13-24 years of age, to provide youth with mentorship and artistic opportunities, while allowing them develop their leadership skills. Come out and work with some of the finest young poets the city has to offer, and showcase your talent.  Registration is required. Pick up an application from the library today. Please call 416-394-1014 for more information.

Tue., Mar. 8 – STEM Workshop: Building Robots, Runnymede Library, 4:30-6 pm.  Learn basic robotics, including circuitry, programming and working with microcontrollers. Test your knowledge and skills with robotics challenges!  For youth ages 12-19.  Space is limited; register in person, by phone at 416-393-7697 or email to runnymedeteens@torontopubliclibrary.ca.

Thu., Mar. 31 – Rethink What You Drink, Runnymede Library, 4:30-6 pm.  Find out the contents of common beverages. Learn how to adopt healthy eating habits and understand how food choices affect your overall health. Other topics include healthy weight concepts and tips for physical activities. Presented by Toronto Public Health. For youth ages 12 and up. Snacks provided.  Call 416-393-7697 for more information.

See also, in regular calendar above:
⁃ Wed., Mar. 9 – Elizabeth Muir: Canadian Women in the Sky
⁃ Sat., Mar. 12 – Film & Talk, “He Named Me Malala
⁃ Thu., Mar. 31 – Challenges in Food Justice in Toronto – Talk and Discussion

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

Sat., Mar. 12 – Build A Wagon, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W., 10 am-12 noon.  Kids will learn how to build a Box Wagon with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions.  A great free activity for children ages 2-13.

Mon., Mar. 14 – Big Bad Wolf & Craft, Annette St. Library, 2-3 pm.  Join us for a reading of The Big Bad Wolf. Following this, attendees will make a craft to take home with them.  For pre-school and school-age children.

Mon., Mar. 14 – Reptilia, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  Would you like to meet an alligator?  Reptilia features “Mister Toothy” along with a tortoise, lizards, and of course, SNAKES!  Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed 30 minutes before the program.   For school-age children.

Mon., Mar. 14 – Create with Lego! with Brick Door Education, Runnymede Library, 2-2:50 pm.  Join us for a fun and creative LEGO program for children ages 6 – 12.  Space is limited. Call 416-393-7697 to register.

Tue., Mar. 15 – Puppet Show: Beans for Tigers and Little Red Riding Hood, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm.  Enjoy two puppet shows: “Beans for Tiger” and “Little Red Riding Hood.”  For all ages. We will run two identical shows, the first at 2 pm, and the second at 2:30 pm. Tickets will be available 30 minutes before the start of the each show.

Tue., Mar. 15 – Button Making Workshop, Annette St. Library, 2-3 pm.  Experiment with button making. Be creative and see what you can come up with!  For pre-school and school-age children.

Tue., Mar. 15 – Afternoon at the Movies, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3:30 pm.  Join us for the Oscar-nominated film Inside Out (2015).  For pre-school and school-age children.  No registration required.

Wed., Mar. 16 – Listen, Watch, Make! Snakes Edition!, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm. An hour of snake stories, a short movie & a slithering snake craft.  For pre-school and school-age children.

Wed., Mar. 16 – Button Making Crafternoon, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm. Join us for a craft-making afternoon and make your own button to keep or give as gifts.  Space is limited. Tickets will be available at 1:30 pm.   For school-age children.

Wed., Mar. 16 – Movie: The Tale of Despereaux, Annette St. Library, 2-3:30 pm.  Once upon a time in the far away kingdom of Dor lived a brave and virtuous mouse with comically oversized ears who dreamt of becoming a knight. Banished from his home for having such lofty ambitions, Despereaux sets off on an amazing adventure with his good-hearted rat friend Roscuro. The two go on a very noble quest to rescue an endangered princess and save an entire kingdom from darkness.  For pre-school and school-age children.

Thu., Mar. 17 – Creepy Crawlers Express, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm. Knowledgeable and experienced staff ensure participants safely learn about all sorts of creepy creatures in this high- participation, hands-on program. For children ages 4 and up.  Space is limited. Tickets will be available at 1:30 pm.

Thu., Mar. 17 – Pot o’Gold, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm. Celebrate the luck of the Irish with stories, songs and rhymes about leprechauns, rainbows, and shamrocks. You never know, you might just win a pot of gold! For children ages 6 and up.

Thu., Mar. 17 – Puppet Show and Craft, Annette St. Library, 2-3 pm.  Cartoon workshop for youngsters who wish to learn drawing for cartoons and animation!  For pre-school and school-age children.

Fri., Mar. 18 – Arm’s Length Puppets: The Spider Prince, 2-3 pm.  When Prince Harry discovers Mizard the Wizard’s greediness for the king’s gold, he is transformed into a spider. Princess Margaret and the children in the audience must save him.  For pre-school and school-age children.

Fri., Mar. 18 – Creepy, Weird & Strange!, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  Magical, bizarre and frightful stories will make your skin crawl and boggle your mind. Play a mysterious game and test your courage! For the fearless ages 6 and up.

Fri., Mar. 18 – Exploring Antarctica, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm.  Join local teacher Ellie Clin, who recently returned from an expedition to Antarctica.  Learn about Antarctica and the types of special animals that live there. See the beautiful pictures she took, learn how penguins, whales, and seals survive in this freezing environment, and do a fun art activity to take home. For ages 6 and up.  Space is limited. Tickets will be available at 1:30 pm.

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High Park Walks, first and third Sundays, 10:30 am to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet in the middle of High Park, at the benches across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant.  Contact: John Howard, highparkwalkingtours@yahoo.ca
•   Mar. 6:  Discover the Park through Archival Photos – Master Gardener Terry Fahey narrates the story of changes in the park for the past 100 years.
•   Mar. 20:  My Favourite Trails – City Councillor and High Park resident Sarah Doucette reveals her special park places.

High Park Stewards, occasional Sundays, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.  Mar. 13:  Greenhouse Work Session: Transplanting in the Greenhouse (meet at Grenadier Restaurant).

Lambton House Open House, Sundays, 12-4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Free admission and guided tours; refreshments available.  “Please call about noon (416-767-5472) to confirm that we are open on a given Sunday, as sometimes the facility is rented.”

Junction Reads, occasional Sundays (Mar. 20), 5 pm, Magic Oven, 347 Keele St.  Reading:  Alec Butler, Jann Everard, Danila Botha, John Calabro, Farzana Doctor.  All welcome.  Sign-up sheet at the door!

Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (Mar. 28) but not July, Aug., Dec.; Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., come at 12:15 pm, lunch served at 12:30.  WTSS Silver Circle and SASA present a hot, nutritious lunch, $5. An opportunity for adults 55+ years to socialize.  Call 416-653-3535 x.240 to reserve in advance.

Green 13 monthly planning meeting, last Monday (Mar. 21), 6:15 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.  Contact green13group@gmail.com

Runnymede Youth Advisory Group, third Tuesday (Mar. 15), 4:30-5:30 pm, Runnymede Library.  For youth ages 13-19.  Do you want to earn volunteer hours, meet other teens and contribute to library services and programs? Join the Runnymede YAG!  New members are welcome year-round.  Get application form at branch; for more info, call 416-393-7697.

The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (Mar. 29), 7-8:15 pm, Annette St. Library.  Put your knitting needles together and help keep someone without a home warm this year.  Patterns, wool and some needles are available, or if you have something in your personal stash to donate to the cause, it will be welcome.  For more info, email us at streetknit@gmail.com

Swansea Historical Society Meeting, first Wednesday (Oct.-May ex Jan.), 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall.  Mar. 2:  Joanne Doucette on “Ashbridge’s Bay: The Natural and Human History of a Wetland,” using paintings, photographs and maps. Joanne is the author of “Pigs, Flowers and Bricks: A History of Leslieville” and a founder of the Leslieville Historical Society.  Visitors welcome; light refreshments.

West Bend Community Association meeting, fourth Wednesday (except this month), 7 pm, Indian Rd. Crescent P.S., 2nd floor teachers’ lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cres.  Agenda for Mar. 23:  Update on the UofT student traffic study of Bloor / Dundas complex intersection, and more TBD.  Everyone welcome; agenda for the meeting and minutes from our previous meetings are on our website.

Swansea Horticultural Society Meeting, fourth Wednesday, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor), 7:30 pm.  Mar. 23: “Food Share’s Rooftop Food Garden” with speaker Katie German. Info: 416-763-1897.

Etobicoke Historical Society Speaker’s Night, fourth Thursday, Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W. (at Islington Ave.), 7:30 pm.  Mar. 24: “Reliving the History of Eaton Hall” by Kelly Mathews, the author of Eaton Hall: Pride of King Township.  ​In 1901, Florence McCrea married into one of the most prosperous families in the Dominion of Canada, becoming Lady Eaton.  As a widow, Lady Eaton built a 72-room, Norman-style chateau and named it Eaton Hall.  We rediscover an enchanting and bygone age with the life and history of Lady Eaton and her grand Eaton Hall.

Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday, 7-9:30 pm.  No event in March.  All folk instruments, levels and ages welcome.  Tickets, 416-402-1642 or fiddleshow@gmail.com.

Toronto Swing Dance Society, second (or third) Friday, 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W.  Monthly dances for all ages.  Mar. 11: All-Swing Dance; East Coast Swing lessons with Steve Miller.  7:45 pm, beginner lesson (3/4 hour); 8:30 pm, intermediate lesson (1/2 hour); 9 pm, D.J. dance until midnight.  Cost: $8 for members, $12 for nonmembers.  No experience or partner needed.

Computer & Library Training: User Education, Saturdays, Jane/Dundas Library, 10 am-12 pm.  Mar. 19: Basic Introduction to Microsoft Word.  Mar. 26: Setting Up an Email Account Using Gmail.  Other topics will be taught in coming months; see schedule on website.  Space is limited, please register in person, or call the branch at 416-394-1014.

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

Family Nature Walks.  Saturdays, 1:30-3 pm.  No pre-registration necessary, these are drop-in events, great for all ages – bring the whole family!  $2-5 per person suggested donation, or PWYC. Meet at High Park Nature Centre (formerly Forest School), inside the park just south of Bloor and High Park Ave.  (Just one walk this month.)
•   Mar. 12:  “Know Your Nature”:  Learn about the plants and animals in High Park from the young naturalists of the High Park Rangers group! We will explore woodlands and black oak savannah habitats to learn fascinating facts and connect with the nature surrounding us.

Toronto Marine Historical Society meeting, first Sat. of Nov.-Apr., Swansea Town Hall, 2:30-4:30 pm.  Mar. 5: Capt. Brian Johnson will speak on the history of the Kingston to Wolfe Island ferry service.

Other groups in our area — use website or phone/email for more information:

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

Scottish Country Dancing, Wednesdays at Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Rd.  Call Dorothy Lothian, 416-762-5037 or Barbara Kalmuk, 416 766-3879 for more information.

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

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

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

Local library book clubs are as follows:
▪  first Tuesday (Mar. 1), 6:30-7:30 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
▪  first Wednesday (Mar. 2), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
▪  first Wednesday (Mar. 2), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
▪  second Monday (Mar. 7), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
▪  fourth/last Monday (Mar. 21), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, Polish Book Club; conducted in Polish.

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Updates for February e-Newsletter

As promised, these are changes and additions to the newsletter which was sent out on Jan. 31.  The full newsletter, in its original form (no changes added), is below this posting.  — Editor

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A new group, Junction Helps, is working towards resettling a Syrian family in Toronto’s west end.  We will be hosting our first major fundraiser at 3030 on March 24.  We are looking for businesses to help sponsor this event, and for the greater community to be aware of what’s happening.  You can reach us at junctionhelps@gmail.com

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Climate Change Consultations were a success at the Jan. 27 workshop held by Councillors Doucette and Perks and Doucette.  We heard some brilliant ideas about how Toronto can meet its goal of an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, and the responses will go back to City Staff as part of the broader consultations undertaken by TransformTO.  We can still use more ideas.  Use the online workbook to learn more about what is needed and to contribute your own ideas.  Go to the website above before Fri., Feb. 19 to be included in the consultations.

Register now for the Spring Run-Off in High Park:  Established in 1978, the Spring Run-Off is Toronto’s oldest, continuously-held road race.  Traditionally, the Spring Run-Off is the yearly kick-off event of the Canada Running Series in the East.  It will be held on Sat., April 9, 2016.  The family-friendly event features strong traditions – a bagpiper leading runners to the start line, maple syrup prizing and a pancake breakfast.  The race features an infamously challenging course through High Park, a consistently strong elite presence, beautiful medals, souvenir race shirts, cheering stations, and live entertainment.  Registration Open Now:  https://raceroster.com/events/2016/6370/race-roster-spring-run-off

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Add:   Fri., Feb. 12 –  Steel Drum Concert, Annette St. Library, 2-3 pm.

Change:  Sat., Feb. 13 –  Valentine’s Day Party, Casa da Madeira  – To register, call Luci at 416-795-7553; the general Casa da Madeira phone may not be fully staffed.

Change: Mon., Feb. 15 (Family Day) – Jane Austen Film Club meetingThis event is not actually in our neighbourhood, unlike most of the events sponsored by this group, and should not have been included.  Apologies.  Editor

Add:  Mon., Feb. 22 – Green 13 Monthly Planning Meeting, Annette St. Library, 6 pm.  We welcome hearing your ideas for initiatives on which you are prepared to take the lead!  We generally meet on the fourth Monday each month.

Change: Sat., Feb. 27 – 80s Dance Party & Dinner, Casa da Madeira – To register, call Luci at 416-795-7553; the general Casa da Madeira phone may not be fully staffed. 

Add:  Sat., Feb. 27 – Family Owl Prowl, High Park Nature Centre at Forest School Location, 375 Colborne Lodge Dr., 6-8 pm.  Learn all about the owls of High Park!  An indoor interactive slideshow will focus on owl adaptations, what they eat, where they live and the different species that can be found in Toronto. Each family will get to dissect a real owl pellet. The second half of the workshop will be a night hike through the trails of High Park to explore owl habitat, try our owl calls and (if we are really lucky) maybe see one of these amazing birds. Please bring a flashlight.  This is a family event; great for all ages!  Fee: $8.50 / person (free for ages 3 and under); register at website.

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Programs for children are offered by Colborne Lodge — call 416-392-6916 to register, or for info.

  • March Break Discovery Camp (Mar. 14-18, 9-4:30), Ages: 7-10, Cost: $190 /week.
  • Time Traveller PA Day Camps (Apr. 15 and June 10, 9-4:30), Ages: 7-10, Cost: $35 /day
  • John the Builder Summer Camps, ages 5-6, 9-12 – July 4-8 ($89) and Aug. 2-5 ($71)
  • Full-day Summer Camps, 9-4:30, $183/wk + $14/hr extended care am and/or pm avail.
    • Eco Rangers, ages 7-9 – July 11-15 and Aug. 8-12
    • Sherlock Howard Mystery, ages 8-10 – July 18-22 and Aug. 15-19
    • Architecture and Innovation, ages 9-12 – July 25-29 and Aug. 22-26

  =====    Events for children, teens and families (in chronological order)  ===== 

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

New info:  Toronto Fiddle Collective, Thu., Feb. 18 – To be held at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W.  Workshop  at 7 pm ($15) and a special CONCERT & JAM at 8 pm ($20).

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JRA e-newsletter – February 2016

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JRA e-newsletter updates:  Because this newsletter is mailed only once a month (on the last day of the month), we occasionally get wind of an event (or a change in an already scheduled event) that is too late to be included.  We’d like to do more (short of sending more email blasts).  So, we plan from now on to post such additions and changes to the JRA website front page.  Please try to check there mid-month or so to catch any late-breaking events.


From the Bloor West Village Residents Association:  “Have you noticed the roar of more jets passing over Bloor West?  You aren’t alone – and you aren’t imagining things! Bloor West is now under one of the busiest flight paths in Canada. Last year, over 86,000 commercial aircraft flew over our neighbourhood and this number will continue to grow.  Why has air traffic over our neighbourhood increased in recent years?  NAV Canada is a private company that “owns and operates Canada’s civil air navigation space.” In 2012, NAV Canada redesigned air routes for Pearson Airport, relocating one of the main flight paths directly over many Toronto neighbourhoods, but it has been unable to provide an adequate explanation as to why this relocation was necessary and has also been unwilling to reconsider other options that would have less impact on our City’s residential neighbourhoods.  As a private company, NAV Canada’s customers are airlines – not taxpayers. Yet, they make decisions that impact our quality of life.  What can I do?” continue reading

===========    Opportunities   ==========

The Toronto Seniors Forum is seeking members:  The Toronto Seniors Forum is a diverse group of Toronto residents age 60 and above, comprised of 22 members who meet monthly to examine, advocate, and advise on seniors’ issues that matter to older Torontonians. The group is sponsored by the City of Toronto Social Development, Finance and Administration Division. To apply online, go here.  Or, by mail to Tina Peach, Support Assistant: City Hall, 15th Floor, East Tower, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2. For telephone inquiries, please call 416-392-8630. Applications will be accepted until the full complement of 22 members is reached.

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The 8th Annual Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off is coming up on March 20, 2016, to be held at Daniels Spectrum, at 585 Dundas St. East in Regent Park.  There are a number of ways to participate, but one requires early registration — to compete with your very own recipe for a vegan food.  Online registration for competitors will be open until 5 pm on Tue., Feb 16.  See the details at their website.

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Mayor’s Black History Month Creative Writing Contest:  In 1979, the City of Toronto became the first Canadian municipality to proclaim February as Black History Month, through efforts of many individuals and organizations such as the Ontario Black History Society.  To recognize Black History Month, Mayor John Tory is introducing the Mayor’s Black History Month Creative Writing Contest, which is designed for youth to engage on the topic of Black history and the achievements and contributions made by the community in Toronto.  The City of Toronto was shaped and developed by its diverse communities, including black immigrants and black Torontonians.  Deadline: Feb. 16, 2016.  See website to apply.

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A local community centre that has served primarily people of Portuguese descent would like to welcome a wider group of neighbours to its frequent events.  Claudio Abreu, of Casa da Madeira (Canadian Madeira Club), attended the JRA meeting in January and asked us to spread the word.  They are located at 1621 Dupont St. (just east of Edwin Ave.), and this month they are hosting three dinner events:  Tue., Feb. 9, Malasada Night for Shrove Tuesday; Sat., Feb. 13, Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dance Party; and  Sat., Feb. 27, 80’s Dance Party & Dinner — see these dates below for details.  Claudio says that you will hear lots of Portuguese spoken at these events, but of course almost everyone speaks English, too, and it is a friendly group.

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Refugee Health and Legal Clinic for Syrian refugees will be held at Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre on Thu., Feb. 18, 9 am-1 pm.  To make an appointment for any Syrian refugee who will be arriving or is here already, call 416-323-6400, x 5905 (Women’s College Hospital).

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The Young Urban Forest Leaders (YUFL) Program is designed to provide young women with hands-on experience in the field of urban forestry (a field where women are historically underrepresented) and community engagement. This unique six month program includes 20 hours of formal arboriculture training, additional project-specific workshops and ongoing mentoring.  LEAF is currently accepting applications for the 2016 session of this free program. Applicants must be female-identified residents of Toronto between the ages of 18-24. Priority will be given to applicants with a need to participate in a fully-funded training program, and applications will be accepted until Sun., Mar. 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

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

Thu., Feb. 4 – West Toronto Junction Historical Society Meeting, Annette Library, 7:30 pm for business meeting, speaker at 8:15 pm — Ken Leland reads passages from his historical novel 1812: The Land Between Flowing Waters.  More info at website above.

Sat., Feb. 6 – Vegetarians of High Park book signing, Eat Your Words, 778 Annette St. (at Jane), 2 pm.  Nicole Axworthy and Lisa Pitman, co-authors of a new book “DIY Vegan,” will be doing a book signing.  “The book is incredibly beautiful, full of glossy, delicious-looking photos, with simple easy-to-follow recipes — the ones I was able to try were fantastic!”  See details at FB page link above.

Sat., Feb. 6 – Toronto Marine Historical Society meeting, Swansea Town Hall, 2:30-4:30 pm. “WW I Great Lakes Vessels”:  Walter Lewis presents the next instalment in the illustrated history of Great Lakes vessels that were sent to salt water during World War I.

Sat., Feb. 6 – Heritage York’s 22nd Annual Fundraising Dinner and Dance, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 6:30 pm cocktails followed by 7:15 pm buffet.  Annual community event, this year featuring artist and architectural conservationist Elaine Waisglass on “building a sustainable future for Toronto’s built heritage.” Event features a cash bar, raffles, an auction and DJ.  By advance reservation only, $45.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please call:  Margo Duncan: (416) 761-1819; Michael Freeman: (416) 766-6642; Madeleine McDowell: (416) 767-7633.  Note: No Pub Night in February.

Sun., Feb. 7 – The Westside’s Story‘s Local Camp Fair, 3030 Dundas St. W., 10 am-3 pm.  Come, ask questions and discover all your kids’ options for March Break and summer camps (ages 2 to 17).  Speak to camp representatives from a variety of camps — sports, academics, dance, art, and more!  Free.

Sun., Feb. 7 – Annual Pancake Luncheon, St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave., 12 noon.  Held in the Parish Hall to start the Lenten season.  Prices: $6 adult, $3 child, $15 family.  Tickets will be available at the door, space permitting; please reserve in advance (416-769-5686 or stolaves@stolaves.ca) so we know how many to prepare for.  The luncheon provides not only food but a splendid fellowship opportunity as well.

Mon., Feb. 8 – National Film Board Mini Film Fest: United States of Africa, Annette St. Library, 6:30-7:45 pm.  This 2011 film by Yanick Létourneau shows African hip-hop pioneer Didier Awadi on a quest to craft an album that pays tribute to the great black revolutionary leaders and their struggle to realize a dream: a united, independent Africa. In this epic musical and political journey, Awadi visits some 40 countries to collaborate with hip-hop activist artists.  During Black History Month, in partnership with the National Film Board, TPL presents films that celebrate, discuss, and embrace diversity.

Mon., Feb. 8 – Pre-Application Consultation for Development at 2442-2454 Bloor St. W., Humber Cinema, 2442 Bloor St. W., 6:30-8:30 pm.  From Councillor Doucette:  “Plazacorp has approached my office to inform me they plan to submit an application to the Planning Department for a 14-storey development at 2442-2454 Bloor Street West (the Humber Odeon site, just west of Jane St.).  I have asked that they hold a community meeting prior to submitting this application, to hear our thoughts and concerns.  While this will be Plazacorp’s meeting, I will attend along with City Planning Staff.  A City-organized consultation will still take place after the official application is received.  Please come out to let the developer hear your thoughts before they apply.”

Feb. 9 – Malasada Night for Shrove Tuesday, Casa da Madeira (Canadian Madeira Club), 1621 Dupont St. (just east of Edwin Ave.), 5-10 pm.  Drop by and join us for some delicious Portuguese Malasadas!  Shrove Tuesday always falls on the day before Ash Wednesday, and is also known as the occasion for eating richer foods and desserts before the ritual fasting of the Lent.  Malasada Night is the perfect time to indulge the hot sugary goodness of malasadas without feeling guilty. Get the original Madeiran malasadas, or try them coated with cinnamon or sugar.  See photos at http://casadamadeira.ca/event/shrove-tuesday. Malasadas will be sold singly and in packages. No entry fee or reservation necessary; children welcome.  See background info at top of newsletter under News.

Tue., Feb. 9 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Suppers – A number of neighbourhood churches make this an annual event on the night before Ash Wednesday (just before Lent begins).  Prices (where known) are shown: $ adult / $ child / $ family:

  • Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Road (btw. Bloor and Annette), 5-7 pm.  Please join us and have breakfast for dinner!  We’ll have pancakes, sausages, fruit, and dessert. Bring your family, meet your neighbours and enjoy some pancakes together.   $8 / $6 / $25-30.  Info: 416-767-6729.
  • Windermere United Church, 356 Windermere Ave., 5:30-7 pm.  “We’ll do the cooking and the dishes! You can bring your family and enjoy a night with friends.”  $7 / $4 / $20. Gluten free supper available as well.  416-769-5611.
  • Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Rd., 6-7:30 pm.  Indulge before Lent starts, with yummy pancakes and sausages, coffee, tea, juice and cookies.  Last year:  $5 / ? / $15-20. Contact: 416-767-6122 or info@humbercrest.ca
  • Also the Pancake Luncheon at St. Olave’s, see Sun., Feb. 7 above.

Tue., Feb. 9 – Green 13 Film: The Hand of Franklin, Annette Library, 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm   Free screening and discussion of an adventure film about the tightening grip of climate change in the Arctic.  Come along for the ride and be entertained as well as educated by this one-of-a-kind documentary.  We are grateful for the special permission of filmmaker Frank Wolf to screen this.  For more information and trailer, see website.

Tue., Feb. 9 –  MPAC Property Assessment Information Session, Runnymede Library, 7 pm.  Sponsored by Cheri DiNovo, MPP.  Learn how the residence property assessment process works, and what to do if you disagree with your assessment.  MPAC representative will be present.  Free; register here.

Wed., Feb. 10 – National Film Board Mini Film Fest: United States of Africa, Annette St. Library, 1:15-2:30 pm.  See description at Mon., Feb. 8.

Wed., Feb. 10 – Ward 13/14 Town Hall Meeting on the City Budget, Bishop Marrocco / Thomas Merton School, 1515 Dundas St. West (at Bloor), 7 pm. This meeting, co-hosted by Councillors Perks and Doucette (Wards 14 and 13), will provide an opportunity for residents to learn what is being proposed in the 2016 City Budget, and to share their priorities with the Councillors and with each other. Please RSVP by calling 416-392-4072 or by clicking here to give us an idea of how many to expect.  For more information on the budget, visit: www.toronto.ca/budget2016

Thu., Feb. 11 – Newcomers Mini Service Hub, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-4 pm.  Drop-in services for newcomers in the Bloor-Junction neighborhood; settlement service providers will be available for information on housing, Immigration, health services, education/language classes, legal information, trauma counselling, and employment services. Appointment booking and referrals will also be available.  Organized by Toronto South Local Immigration Partnership in partnership with Toronto Public Library, WoodGreen Community Services, YMCA, Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, Salvation Army and FCJ Refugee Centre.  This event will be repeated on Thu., Mar. 10.

Thu., Feb. 11 – The Germ Files, Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm.  Jason Tetro is here again to advise us and amaze us about germs. Some items are purely fun, some are there to boggle the mind, some might just save your life. All are designed to improve our relations with germs for the benefit of human health and happiness.

Thu., Feb. 11 – Pre-Budget Consultation by MP Arif Virani, Swansea Town Hall, 7 pm.  This is part of the federal budget process, and is a chance for citizens and businesses to communicate their wishes to our new MP.

Thu., Feb. 11 – Nature Drawing for Adults, High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colborne Lodge Dr., 7-9 pm.  This 3-session workshop (continues Feb. 18 and 25) will focus on drawing directly from taxidermic animal specimens, mammal skulls and live reptiles.  Participants will be observing up close, the types of wild creatures found in High Park, all in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. You’ll receive demos and constructive feedback so you can learn how to begin a drawing, establish proportions, shading techniques and deal with movement. All skill levels welcome.  Fee: $100 for 3 sessions; must pre-register at website.

Sat., Feb. 13 – Lost Rivers Walk: “When a large part of High Park was part of Lake Ontario.”  Led by Ian Wheal.  Meet at 1:30 pm at Windermere and Queensway NE corner, traverse High Park and end in Roncesvalles Village, total length about 8 km.

Sat., Feb. 13 – Valentine’s Day Party, Casa da Madeira (Canadian Madeira Club), 1621 Dupont St. (just east of Edwin Ave.), doors open 6, dinner at 7 pm.  A dinner and dance party.  Dinner includes soup, salad, steak with potatoes and vegetables, dessert, coffee or tea.  Live band Tabu, a great Luso-Canadian band specializing in popular Portuguese music.  Reserve in advance at 416-533-2401 or general@casadamadeira.ca; $35 per person.  See background info at top of newsletter under Opportunities.

Sun., Feb. 14 – Choral Evensong with Schola Ecclesiam, St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Avenue, 4 pm.  After light refreshments at 5 pm, the conductor, Clem Carelse, will discuss the Music of Charles Wood, marking the 150th anniversary of his birth. Clem also discusses Wood’s colleagues and students, including Healey Willan, Charles Villiers Stanford and Ralph Vaughan Williams, whose works are also featured in this Evensong.

Mon., Feb. 15 (Family Day) – Jane Austen Film Club meeting, 361 Danforth Ave. (at Chester subway, side entrance on Hampton Ave.), 9:30 am – 6 pm.  In honor of Alan Rickman (who died in January), we’ve decided to screen Sense and Sensibility (1995) with Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, and Alan Rickman, directed by Ang Lee.  The film will be interspersed with dancing, a nuncheon of historically appropriate foods, tea, and historical games.  The film and discussion are free; historical food, tea, etc. are optional, and tickets for those activities must be reserved in advance; food, dancing, tea and games tickets: $25, students/seniors $20; see the website above to register.  Questions: listjaneaustendancing@danceweavers.ca

Tue., Feb. 16 – Toronto Field Naturalists Walk in Humber Bay Park East, “Birds,” 10 am.  Leader: Anne Powell.  Meet at the southwest corner of Lakeshore Blvd. W. and Park Lawn Rd. for a circular walk on flat surface; dress for winter conditions and bring icers if icy conditions exist. Morning only. No washrooms.

Tue., Feb. 16 – Tuesday Film Night, Runnymede Library, 6 pm.  Introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer.  “Far From the Madding Crowd,” 2015, 119 min.  In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: a sheep farmer, a reckless sergeant, and a prosperous and mature bachelor.  From the classic novel by Thomas Hardy.

Tue,. Feb. 16 – National Film Board Mini Film Fest: Hue: A Question of Colour, Annette St. Library, 6:30-8 pm.  Hue (2013), by renowned director and cinematographer Vic Sarin, is a personal, heartfelt investigation into the history and often-tragic effects of colourism — the phenomenon whereby people within the same ethnic group discriminate against each other based on differences in skin tone.  During Black History Month, in partnership with the National Film Board, TPL presents films that celebrate, discuss, and embrace diversity.

Wed., Feb. 17 – National Film Board Mini Film Fest: Hue: A Question of Colour, Annette St. Library, 1:15-2:45 pm. See description at Tue., Feb. 16.

Wed., Feb. 17 – These are the People in Your Neighbourhood with Christine Lucy Latimer, Jane/Dundas Library, 7-8 pm.  An evening of film and talk with experimental filmmaker and photographer Christine Lucy Latimer, who lives in the Junction area.  She will present some of her films and will discuss her filmmaking process. Christine’s work has been featured across five continents in over 200 film festivals and gallery installations.

Thu., Feb. 18 – Vegetarians of High Park Prix Fixe Dinner, Humble Beginnings, 3109 Dundas St. W. (just west of Quebec Ave.), 6:30 pm.  This super veg-friendly place has put together a special all-vegan menu for us that night!  $23 per person (plus tax and gratuity) Includes starter, entrée, side and dessert.  Email highpark@veg.ca for a copy of the menu.  RSVP to highpark@veg.ca by Fri., Feb. 12.

Sat., Feb. 20 – Play Reading Group, Annette St. Library, 1-4 pm.  Like reading aloud? Enjoy theatre?  Join us for a free community play-reading group, this time reading The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.  Led by theatre-lover/actor Carina Cojeen, this group will read plays together monthly through April.  For more information, check out the Meetup website. Free; all welcome; no experience necessary.

Tue., Feb. 23 – “A Night of Novellas” – Readings and Discussion, Annette St. Library, 7-8:15 pm. Featuring Terri Favro, Gemma Files, and Carol Giangrande reading from their works.  See website for their bios.

Thu., Feb. 25 – Etobicoke Historical Society Speaker’s Night, Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W. (at Islington Ave.), 7:30 pm.  Historian Peter Vronsky speaks on his book “Ridgeway: The American Fenian Invasion and the 1866 Battle That Makes Canada”

Sat., Feb. 27 – 80s Dance Party & Dinner, Casa da Madeira (Canadian Madeira Club), 1621 Dupont St. (just east of Edwin Ave.), doors open 6, dinner at 7 pm.  A dinner and dance party.  Dinner includes soup, salad, fish filets with rice, potatoes and vegetables, dessert, coffee or tea.  DJ ElectricSOM will supply non-stop music.  Reserve in advance at 416-533-2401 or general@casadamadeira.ca; $30 per person. See background info at top of newsletter under Opportunities.

Sat., Feb. 27 – Jane Austen Midwinter Supper, Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W. (at Islington Ave.), doors open 7 pm, Introduction to the Georgian Supper at 7.30, the meal will be served at 8 pm.  Here’s your chance for an actual taste of Jane Austen’s world. Sit at an elegant table by the fire at historic Montgomery’s Inn, and eat the delicious and intriguing foods she and her contemporaries knew.  We’ll begin with a short talk on the nature of the Regency supper and then enjoy a thoroughly researched, beautifully presented and delicious meal reconstructed from Georgian-era recipes.  Dress code: historical clothing is encouraged, but optional. Gowns are available for rent at a modest fee. Tickets are $55, and must be purchased by Fri., Feb. 19; see website above for menu and advance registration, or contact 416-578-1031 or email listjaneaustendancing@danceweavers.ca.

Sun., Feb. 28 –  Heritage York talk, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 2 pm.  Rita Deverell, social activist nominated to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, will mark Black History Month with a talk on “Black and Optimistic: Regardless.”  Light refreshments.

Mon., Feb. 29 – Memory and Dementia Workshop, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm. In this educational workshop, we will explore the nature of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Participants will become familiar with underlying causes of dementia, the risk factors for developing dementia, and prevention strategies.  You will also get to know the current treatment options available and the research being done to advance the field.  Co-sponsored by CAMH’s Geriatric Mental Health Services.

=====   Future events for children that need advance registration    =====

Programs for children are offered by the High Park Nature Centre.

  • Spring Nature Clubs – Registration opens Fri., Feb. 26 @ 7 am.
  • March Break Day Camp (Mar. 14-18, 9-3:30), Ages: 6-10, Cost: $50 a day.
  • Summer Camp – Registration opens Thu., Feb. 18 @ 7 am
  • Summer Clubs Survey:  We are considering offering summer nature clubs for 0-5- year-olds and their guardians.  Click here to offer your feedback.

Time Traveller P.A Day Camp (Ages 7 to 10) – Feb. 12, Colborne Lodge, Feb. 12, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Children will travel back in time and explore life almost two hundred years ago and experience a P.A. day like no other – cooking over the fire, telling tales in the parlour, indoor and outdoor games, and unique hands-on activities. New activities every P.A. day so make Colborne Lodge your home away from home for P.A. days this year. $40 plus tax per child.  Some places still left, register now at 416-392-6916.

Shakespeare for Kids Library Club – Free six-week program, ages 7-12, at Annette St. Library, Saturdays 10 am-12 pm, during Jan. 30 – Mar. 5.  Join us for storytelling adventures!  Explore the world of magic, witches, ghosts, silly mix-ups, and swordplay!  Play drama games, read aloud, and act out scenes!  Instruction by professional actors and educators.  Only 24 participants allowed, so call Annette St. branch at 416-393-7692 to see if there is space.

Poetry Slam, Wednesdays (through Mar. 16), Jane/Dundas Library, 4:30-6:30 pm.  Spoken word poetry artist and 2014 World Poetry Slam Champion Ikenna “OpenSecret” Onyegbula has performed his work across the country. This winter he will be leading a poetry slam workshop for youth 13-24 years of age, to provide youth with mentorship and artistic opportunities, while allowing them develop their leadership skills. Come out and work with some of the finest young poets the city has to offer, and showcase your talent.  Registration is required. Pick up an application from the library today. Please call 416-394-1014 for more information.

  =====    Events for children, teens and families (in chronological order)  ===== 

Recurring:  After School Club, Mondays, Jane/Dundas Library, 4-5 pm.  Looking for something fun to do after school?  Join our After School Club and learn new things, make stuff, meet other kids and have fun!  Each month will be a different theme. February’s theme is “Wizardology.” Concoct potions, make a magic wand, and learn magic tricks as you learn from wizards like Harry Potter.  For school-age children.  Note: There will be no After School Club on Feb. 15 (Family Day), or during March or June.

Thu., Feb. 4 – Mini Scientists, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  Join us for a special STEM-inspired interactive story time. For children ages 3-5 with their parents or caregivers.

Fri., Feb. 12 – Afternoon at the Movies, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-4 pm.  Looking for something to do on your P.A. Day? Come and watch a fun movie at the library! We will be watching “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” rated PG.  For school-age children.  No registration required. Groups must call ahead to check space availability.

Sat., Feb. 13 – Build a Valentine’s Mailbox, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W., 10 am-12 noon.  Kids will learn how to build a Spinning Box with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions.  A great free activity for children ages 2-13.

Thu., Feb. 18 – Teen Gaming, Jane/Dundas Library, 3:30 – 5:30 pm.  Bring your friends and play on a variety of games and consoles. Drop in.

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

High Park Walks, first and third Sundays, 10:30 am to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet in the middle of High Park, at the benches across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant.  Contact: John Howard, highparkwalkingtours@yahoo.ca

  • Sun., Feb. 7:  The Naked Trees of Winter – A Toronto Urban Forester shows how trees survive and how to identify them.
  • Sun., Feb. 21:  Passion and Poetry – Writer Julia Bennett guides us through literary expressions of the park’s natural beauty.

High Park Stewards: Educational Presentations, occasional Sundays (Feb. 28), 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive.  During the winter we have a number of indoor presentations of interest to the general public on topics relating to protecting and understanding nature, especially in High Park.  Feb. 28: Jessica Iraci, Green Toronto, Community Stewardship Program.

Lambton House Open House, Sundays, 12-4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Free admission and guided tours; refreshments available.  “Please call about noon (416-767-5472) to confirm that we are open on a given Sunday, as sometimes the facility is rented.”

Junction Reads, occasional Sundays (Feb. 21), 5 pm, Magic Oven, 347 Keele St.  Reading:  Suzanne Alyssa Andrew, Jess Taylor, Susan Glickman, Jean Marc Ah-Sen  All welcome. Sign-up sheet at the door!

Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (Feb. 29), Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., come at 12:15 pm, lunch served at 12:30.  WTSS Silver Circle and SASA present a hot, nutritious lunch, $5. An opportunity for adults 55+ years to socialize.  Call 416-653-3535 x.240 to reserve in advance.

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.

Runnymede Youth Advisory Group, third Tuesday (Feb. 16), 4:30-5:30 pm, Runnymede Library.  For youth ages 13-19.  Do you want to earn volunteer hours, meet other teens and contribute to library services and programs? Join the Runnymede YAG!  New members are welcome year-round.  Get application form at branch; for more info, call 416-393-7697.

The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (Feb. 23), 7-8:15 pm, Annette St. Library.  Put your knitting needles together and help keep someone without a home warm this year.  Patterns, wool and some needles are available, or if you have something in your personal stash to donate to the cause, it will be welcome.  For more info, email us at streetknit@gmail.com

Swansea Historical Society Meeting, first Wednesday, 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall.  Feb. 3: Glenn Turner on his book “The Toronto Carrying Place: Rediscovering Toronto’s Most Ancient Trail,” featuring the route, the history of the peoples using it, and a modern account of walking the route.  Visitors welcome; light refreshments.

West Bend Community Association meeting, third Wednesday, 7 pm, Indian Rd. Crescent P.S., 2nd floor teachers’ lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cr.  Agenda for Feb. 17:  Update on the UofT student traffic study of Bloor / Dundas complex intersection.  Everyone welcome; agenda for the meeting and minutes from our previous meetings are on our website.

Swansea Horticultural Society Meeting, fourth Wednesday, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor), 7:30 pm.  Feb. 24: “Hillside Gardening and Weeping Trees” with speaker Frank Kershaw. Info: 416-763-1897.

Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday, 7-9:30 pm.  Feb. 18: Kelly Trottier, Ottawa-based fiddler and step dancer, running a workshop 7 pm ($15), 8 pm concert ($20) and jam.  All folk instruments, levels and ages welcome.  Tickets, 416-402-1642 or fiddleshow@gmail.comNote: For this month’s location, please visit website in a few days.

Toronto Swing Dance Society, second (or third) Friday, 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W.  Monthly dances for all ages.  Feb. 19: West Coast Swing lesson with David Ward.  7:45 pm, beginner lesson (3/4 hour); 8:30 pm, intermediate lesson (1/2 hour); 9 pm, D.J. dance until midnight.  Cost: $8 for members, $12 for nonmembers.  No experience or partner needed.

Computer & Library Training: User Education, Saturdays (Feb. 20, 27), Jane/Dundas Library, 10 am-12 pm.  Feb. 20: Setting Up an Email Account Using Outlook.  Feb. 27: Basic Keyboarding/Typing Skills.  Other topics will be taught in coming months; see schedule on website.  Space is limited, please register in person, or call the branch at 416-394-1014.

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

Family Nature Walks.  Saturdays, 1:30-3 pm.  No pre-registration necessary, these are drop-in events, great for all ages – bring the whole family!  $2-5 per person suggested donation, or PWYC. Meet at High Park Nature Centre (formerly Forest School), inside the park just south of Bloor and High Park Ave.

  • Feb. 13 – Frosty Fairies: Dryads, Wood Nymphs, Fairies & Gnomes! High Park’s magical woodland creatures work hard to make High Park a winter wonderland.  They need our help to build some well insulated fairy homes.  Please support your local fairies.
  • Feb. 27 – 13,000 Years of High Park:  Did you know that 13,000 years ago High Park was under a glacier? High Park has changed a lot since then!  Come learn about High Park’s transition from glacier to present day and then cozy up with us around a fire.

Other groups in our area — use website or phone/email for more information:

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

Scottish Country Dancing, Wednesdays at Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Rd.  Call Dorothy Lothian, 416-762-5037 or Barbara Kalmuk, 416 766-3879 for more information.

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

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

Junction Seniors:

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

Local library book clubs:

  • first Tuesday (Feb. 2), 6:30-7:30 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
  • first Wednesday (Feb. 3), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
  • first Wednesday (Feb. 3), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
  • second Monday (Feb. 8), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
  • fourth/last Monday (Feb. 29), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, Polish Book Club; conducted in Polish.

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Next JRA Community Meeting – Thu., Mar. 10, 2016, 7-9 pm

JRA e-newsletter – January 2016

The next JRA meeting is our Annual General Meeting, on Thurs., Jan. 14, 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W.  Meet your neighbours.  Refreshments served.  We will be discussing:
•   Approval of past minutes
•   Election of officers
•   2015 update from our treasurer
•   JRA goals and plans for 2016

The minutes needing approval will be posted on 
http://junctionra.ca soon (look for announcement on front page).  Paid members, please read them beforehand and bring any corrections needed.

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

  ===========    News   ==========

From Councillor Doucette:  (see more details)

I am thrilled to share that at the Dec. 10 City Council meeting, legal winter ice access for Grenadier Pond was approved  after a 15-year absence.  A new flag system will be set up to allow residents to know that when the red flag is up the ice is not safe, and when a yellow flag is up, use at your own risk. There will be a designated area to skate and access the pond, to help ensure the natural environment is not harmed. The pond will be safer for users, better for the environment, and residents will no longer have to avoid the threats of tickets by bylaw officers.  Happy skating!

Your Feedback on Proposed 30km Speed Limit:  By now, all residents should have received a paper copy of my Fall newsletter. In the newsletter I requested feedback on a proposal to reduce the speed limit on residential streets to 30 km/h, as has been done in neighbouring wards to our East.  Do you want to see all residential street speed limits in Ward 13 reduced to 30 km/h? Please let me know your thoughts by letter, email or a call.


The City of Toronto is carrying out a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) that will identify opportunities to improve the transportation network in the area around St. Clair Avenue West between Keele Street and Old Weston Road.  The City is considering five alternative solutions:
1. Widen St. Clair Avenue West
2. Extend Gunns Road east.
3. Connect Davenport Road to Lloyd Avenue.
4. Extend Keele Street south to meet the Gunns Road extension between Weston Road and Union Street.
5. Extend Davenport Road northwest to Union Street, in addition to Option 4.

Opportunity for Input:  We invite you to email, mail, or call us to discuss the study, its impacts, and next steps. We can arrange an in-person meeting if you would like to discuss in detail.  You are welcome to contact Robyn Shyllit, Senior Public Consultation Coordinator, by telephone at (416) 392-3358 or by e-mail at rshyllit@toronto.ca.


Social Planning Toronto is hosting budget forums in January 2016.  Learn about what’s in the 2016 City of Toronto budget for community services, poverty reduction strategy, public transit, housing and homelessness supports and much more.  Residents play a vital role in the budget process, so join us at one of the following forums and learn what it means for communities and how you can get involved.

1. Downtown — YWCA Toronto, 87 Elm St.:  Thu., Jan. 7, 9:30 am – noon
2. Etobicoke — Stonegate Community Health Centre, 150 Berry Rd.:  Mon., Jan. 11, 6-8 pm
3. York — Weston Mount-Dennis Community Place Hub, 1765 Weston Rd.: Mon., Jan. 11, 6-8 pm


Future event that needs reservation:  Annual Fundraising Dinner Dance at Lambton House, Sat., Feb. 6, 2016.  Enjoy an evening with friends at Heritage York’s annual event:  Doors open at 6 pm.  Cocktails 6:30 pm * Buffet Dinner 7:15 * Cash Bar * Raffles * Silent Action * DJ * and good conversation.  Our speaker will be Elaine Waisglass, who was instrumental in the restoration of two Toronto heritage buildings – 55 Sudbury St. and 16 Wychwood Park.  Tickets: $45.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please call:  Margo Duncan: (416) 761-1819; Michael Freeman: (416) 766-6642; Madeleine McDowell: (416) 767-7633.


Ongoing event: Toronto Design Offsite Festival

Junction Venues — Mon., Jan. 18 – Sun., Jan. 24

Window Installations  (from west to east)

Peephole Portraits:  Phillipa C. Photography, 3063 Dundas St. W.
Balancing on Leaves:  Helen + Hildegard, 3036 Dundas St. W.
Lost Lands:  Latre, 2988 Dundas St. W.
MAGICBOX:  Coolearth Architecture, 386A Pacific
WINTERSCAPE:  West Toronto Paint & Wallpaper, 2975 Dundas St. W.
Flummox: Pandemonium, 2920 Dundas St. W.
Nthology:01:  Opticianado, 2919 Dundas St. W.
Double Happiness:  Forever Interiors, 2903 Dundas St. W.
Circus Series (Stage Set):  Cornerstone Furniture, 2886 Dundas St. W.
In Light:  NODO Restaurant, 2885 Dundas St. W.
Subtle Technologies v.19 Festival Preview:  The Sewing Junction, 2841 Dundas St. W.

Exhibitions:

Oji Masanori Exhibition: Mjolk, 2959 Dundas St. W.
Exhibition: Wed., Jan. 20 – Sun., Jan. 24 (We 7-9, Th-Fr 10-6, Sa 10-5, Su 12-5)
Reception: Wed., Jan. 20, 7-9 pm

YAM LAU: what if…a space…: ARTiculations Earl Selkirk Gallery, 2928 Dundas St. W.
Exhibition: Mon., Jan. 18 – Sun., Feb. 14;  Mo-Fr 11-6, Sa 11-5, Su 12-5
Reception  Wed., Jan. 20, 6-9 pm

The Good Type: Cut The Cheese, 2901 Dundas St. W.
Exhibition:  Tue., Jan. 19 – Sun., Feb. 28;  TWTh  12-9, FSa 12-11, Sun 12-5
Reception: Sat., Jan. 23, 5-8 pm

#ROMInk: SMASH, 2880 Dundas St. W.
Exhibition: Mon., Jan. 18 – Sun., Jan. 24;  Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun 12-5
Reception:  Live Tattooing Daily, 12-5 pm;  #ROMInk Video Essay, Sat & Sun, 12-5 pm

Events:

TO DO Talks: Oji Masanori: Mjolk, 2959 Dundas St. W.
Event: Sat., Jan. 23, 11 am – 12 noon; click here to RSVP (required)

Nuvango Studio Tour:  Nuvango Studio, 2738 Dundas St. W.
Event:  Tours on Jan. 20: start at 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm, and 7 pm.  Each tour is 45 min. 
RSVP required (email makers@nuvango.com) 


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

Mon., Jan. 4 – World Hypnotism Day Open House, 355 Keele St., 2:30-5:30 pm.  Debbie Papadakis, popular hypnosis expert and founder of Toronto’s Hypno Healing Institute, invites everyone to join her in celebrating World Hypnotism Day. “We all have a wealth of power in our subconscious that can be used in healing, releasing stress and freeing us from internal barriers to health, wealth and happiness!”  Refreshments will be served.

Wed., Jan. 6 – St. Olave’s Stained Glass Windows, St. Olave’s Church, Bloor and Windermere, 7-8 pm.  Janice Douglas is joined by the distinguished Canadian stained-glass artist Sarah Hall to present an illustrated talk about twelve of the glorious windows of St. Olave’s Church, which were specially designed and created for us.  Janice will link this beautiful art to the writing of the late Rev. Dr. Versey Wigmore.  Before the talk, there is an optional Epiphany Evensong (6 pm) and a light supper (6:30 pm).

Fri., Jan. 8 – Twelfth Night Supper and Ball, Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W. (at Islington), 4-10:30 pm.  Experience the Christmas customs of olden times — fireside supper, dance workshop and historical ball with live music, games, singing, and all the old merriment of the Yuletide season.  Come join us for the last day of Christmas.  Tickets are $55, $45 for students and seniors. Space is limited, so book early to prevent disappointment.  Sponsored by Jane Austen Dancing and the York Regency Society.  See website for schedule and registration.

Sat., Jan. 9 – Please donate blood at Swansea Town Hall, 9 am-2 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 to book your donor appointment … walk-ins welcome too!

Sun., Jan. 10 – Winter Tree ID Workshop, High Park Nature Centre (375 Colborne Lodge Drive), 10 am-3 pm.  Build skills, knowledge and learn how to identify the trees of Ontario while they sleep. This course will begin indoors with a discussion of what to look for – bark, twigs, buds and tree shape, then a guided hike to practice your new skills. This course is recommended for the beginner-to-intermediate tree observer. Dress in layers for both indoor and outdoor learning. Cost: $50 per adult. Space is limited; pre-registration required, see website.

Wed., Jan. 13 – Movie Night, Runnymede Library, 6-8 pm.  This event has been running on the third Wed. for years, but it is now moving to the third Tues. — see Tue., Jan. 19.

Thu., Jan. 14 – Junction Residents Association annual general meeting, 7-9 pm,West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W.  See description at top of newsletter.

Thu., Jan. 14 – West Toronto Junction Historical Society, Annette St. Library, 7:30 pm.  A special meeting to discuss the future of WTJHS, a brainstorming session with the WTJHS executive.  How would you like to see our Society change in the next few years?  We are looking for new ideas — this will be a “blue sky” session!  Open to the public, free admission.

Thu., Jan. 14 – The Changing Face of Warren Park, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 7:30 pm.  Michael Freeman, local historian, will speak.

Fri., Jan. 15 – Pub Night at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Doors open 6 pm, music by Randi Helmers (song and ukulele) and Rob Clutton (banjo). 8-11 pm.  Free admission; sandwiches, beer, wine, coffee, snacks for sale.  The traditional Lambton House hot roast beef sandwiches will be available for purchase (from 6:30) — arrive early, as they sell out quickly!  Bus #55 from Jane TTC station, or #30 from High Park or Islington stations.  Note: No Pub Night in February.

Sat., Jan. 16 – Inorganic Market (certified electronic waste collection), Annette St. Library, 10 am-2 pm.  Community e-waste (electronic waste) drop off with Green 13 and irecyclecomputers.  Keep hazardous waste out of landfills.  Bring computers, TVs, cell phones, any wires for electronics, etc.; no batteries, lightbulbs, or empty paint cans.  All revenue generated from the recycling of e-waste goes to a not-for-profit organization SELF (Social Entrepreneur Launch Factor).

Sat., Jan. 16 – Play Reading Group, Annette St. Library, 1-4 pm.  Like reading aloud? Enjoy theatre?  Join us for a free Community Play-Reading Group, this time reading Angels in America by Tony Kushner.  Led by theatre-lover/actor Carina Cojeen, this group will read plays together monthly for four months.  For more information, check out the Meetup website. Free; all welcome; no experience necessary.

Sun., Jan. 17 – Rockcliffe. Lost Rivers, Rivers Rising walk. Meet at Jane & Alliance (btw. St. Clair and Eglinton), 2 pm. This walk explores a tract of green and blue space in the heart of one of the Rivers Rising project areas. Helen Mills will co-ordinate but the Rivers Rising ambassadors will be in attendance.  A Lost Rivers walk.

Mon., Jan. 18 – Sun., Jan. 24 – Toronto Design Offsite Festival.  See summary of Junction venues at top of newsletter.

Tue., Jan. 19 – Movie Night, Runnymede Library, 6-8 pm. “Mr. Holmes” (2015). Ian McKellen, Laura Linney. An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes deals with early dementia as he tries to remember both his final case and a mysterious woman whose memory haunts him. He also befriends a fan, the young son of his housekeeper, who wants him to work again.

Thu., Jan. 21 – Toronto Field Naturalists Walk in High Park, “Birds,” meet at High Park and Bloor entrance, 10 am.  Morning-only walk, with optional lunch at Grenadier Restaurant.  Leader: Doug Paton.  Washrooms available.

Thu., Jan. 21 – Green 13 presents “Working Together to Save the Great Lakes,” Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 7-9 pm.  A free talk and discussion with Nicola Crawhall, the Deputy Director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, a bi-national coalition of 118 mayors who work together to protect and restore the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence. Nicola will be speaking about the importance of protecting the Great Lakes from threats such as microbeads, phosphorus loadings and algae in Lake Erie, and how climate change is a game-changer for the way we must protect the Lakes.   Please register through Eventbrite.

=====   Future events for children that need advance registration    =====

Winter 2016 Nature Clubs for Kids:  Programs for children are offered by the High Park Nature Centre.

  • PA Day Camp (Jan. 22, 9-3:30), Ages: 6-10, Cost: $50, Online registration open now at link above.
  • March Break Day Camp (Mar. 14-18, 9-3:30), Ages: 6-10, Cost: $50 a day; register from 7 am, Wed., Jan. 13.
  • Other winter activity clubs are described here.

Time Traveller PA Day Camp at Colborne Lodge, Fri., Jan. 22, 9-4.  Travel back in time and explore life at the Lodge almost two hundred years ago!. Campers explore the historic Colborne Lodge, uncovering the mysteries of a Victorian home and engaging with 19th-century recipes and cooking techniques, games and crafts.  Ages 7-10.  Lodge staff will welcome PA Day Campers from 8:30 am. Pick up time – 4 to 4:30 pm.  $35 plus tax.  Pre-registration required.  Call 416 392-6916 to register.

Shakespeare for Kids Library Club!  Free six-week program, ages 7-12, at various TPL libraries.  In our neighbourhood, it will happen at Annette St. Library, Saturdays 10 am-12 pm, during Jan. 30 – Mar. 5.  Join us for storytelling adventures!  Explore the world of magic, witches, ghosts, silly mix-ups, and swordplay!  Play drama games, read aloud, and act out scenes!  Instruction by professional actors and educators.  Only 24 participants allowed, so register in person at Annette St. branch.

===  Other resources for children (repeated from Dec. newsletter)  === 

MakerKids, a new facility for kids, has opened near Jane and Bloor St. W.  “We are one of the first and only makerspaces for kids in the world.  We run programs and camps on topics like Minecraft, 3D Printing, Videogame Programming with Scratch, Robotics Inventions using Arduino, Electronics and Remote Control Robotics.”   See their website for programs and classes; fees apply.

Curling for Kids:  The High Park Club, at 100 Indian Road (near St. Joseph’s Hospital), offers curling instruction and activities for children.  Called “Little Rocks,” kids aged 7 to 12 play on Sundays from 12:15-1:45.  The cost is $150 for the season (October to April), and kids can enter at any point in the season.  “Most of Canada’s top curlers started at this age. Using lighter, smaller curling rocks, kids can learn the game while having fun. Experienced High Park curlers volunteer their time and attention to this section because they love the game and want others to grow to love it too.”  See website, and contact Jennifer MacInnis (jmacinnis@rogers.com) for more information.

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

Sat., Jan. 9 – How to Build a Spinning Box, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W., 10 am-12 noon.  Kids will learn how to build a Spinning Box with easy to follow step-by-step instructions.  A great free activity for children ages 2-13.

Sat., Jan. 16 – Around the world in stories, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  Listen as stories from different countries introduce you to new heroes and adventures. Learn about different cultures, try some puzzles, and take home some fabulous books. For families with children of all ages.

Sun., Jan. 17 – High Park Winter Fun Day, Colborne Lodge (inside and outside), 12-3 pm.  Fun wintery activities including taffy pulling for kids take place inside Colborne Lodge; roasting marshmallows, eating roasted potatoes and sipping warm cider in the great outdoors.  Dress warmly as most of the activities are outside.  Cost: Grounds are free; small fees apply for taffy, potatoes and cider; PWYC admission for tours of Colborne Lodge.

Fri., Jan. 22 – Children’s Author Talk with Philippa Dowding, Annette St. Library, 2-3 pm.  Philippa answers questions like where do your ideas come from, when did you know you wanted to be a writer, plus much more. This informative and fun presentation about the writer’s craft includes a short reading, a discussion of literary genre and what it means to be a writer.

Sat., Jan. 23 – Once upon a storybook, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  Fairy tales are a tradition around the world. We will share some favourite classics and some twisted & fractured ones too!  For families with children of all ages.

Mon., Jan. 25 – Could Life Exist on Other Worlds?  Annette St. Library, 1:15-2:15 pm.  Using what we know about life on Earth as a starting point, Lauren Hetherington explains how we will learn about life elsewhere in the Universe, and how we can look for it.  Ages 10-13, but all welcome. Call 416-393-7692 to register.  Presented in collaboration with the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics.

===   Recurring events for adults and teens (by day of week, Sun-Sat)  ===
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High Park Walks, first and third Sundays, 10:30 am to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet in the middle of High Park, at the benches across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant.  Contact: John Howard, highparkwalkingtours@yahoo.ca
•   Sun., Jan. 3:  Winter Survival – Hiders, Hibernators and Hightailers. Naturalist Pat Parent shows how plants, animals, birds and bugs make it through the winter.
•   Sun., Jan. 17:  The Signs of Winter.  By the Walking Tours Committee.

High Park Stewards: Educational Presentations, Sundays (Jan. 10, 24), 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive.  During the winter we have a number of indoor presentations of interest to the general public on topics relating to protecting and understanding nature, especially in High Park.

Lambton House Open House, Sundays (from Jan. 10), 12-4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas Street.  Free admission and guided tours; refreshments available.  “Please call about noon (416-767-5472) to confirm that we are open on a given Sunday, as sometimes the facility is rented.”  Jan. 31: Trillium Foundation reception, 2 pm; music and refreshments; free.

Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (Jan. 25), 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.

Runnymede Youth Advisory Group, third Tuesday (Jan. 19), 4:30-5:30 pm, Runnymede Library.  For youth ages 13-19.  Do you want to earn volunteer hours, meet other teens and contribute to library services and programs? Join the Runnymede YAG!  New members are welcome year-round.  Get application form at branch; for more info, call 416-393-7697.

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.

The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (Jan. 26), 7-8:15 pm, Annette St. Library.  Put your knitting needles together and help keep someone without a home warm this year.  Patterns, wool and some needles are available, or if you have something in your personal stash to donate to the cause, it will be welcome.  For more info, email us at streetknit@gmail.com

West Bend Community Association meeting, third Wednesday (Jan. 20), 7 pm, Indian Rd. Crescent P.S., 2nd floor teachers’ lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cr.  Agenda for Jan. 20:  Councillor Gord Perks will join us.  Everyone welcome; agenda for the meeting and minutes from our previous meetings are on our website.

Swansea Historical Society Meeting, first Wednesday (no meeting in Jan.), 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall.

Swansea Horticultural Society Meeting, fourth Wednesday, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor), 7:30 pm.  Jan 27:  Orchidfest – Tobermory. Speakers John Alexander and Peter Kaellgrent.   Info: 416-763-1897.

Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday, 7-9:30 pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. (at Jane).  Jan. 21: Colleen and Alanna Jenish running two workshops ($15 each), beginner at 7pm and intermediate/advanced at 8pm. Followed by a jam ($5) at 9pm.  All folk instruments, levels and ages welcome.  Tickets, 416-402-1642 or fiddleshow@gmail.com.  All folk instruments, levels and ages welcome.

Toronto Swing Dance Society, second Friday, 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W.  Monthly dances for all ages.  Jan. 15:  Country Two-Step lesson with Mark Read.  7:45 pm Beginner Lesson (3/4 hour), 8:30 pm Intermediate Lesson (1/2 hour), 9 pm D.J. dance until midnight.  Cost: $8 for members, $12 for nonmembers.

*** Computer & Library Training: User Education, Saturdays (Jan. 23, 30), Jane/Dundas Library, 10 am-12 pm.  Jan. 23: Basic Introduction to Microsoft Word; Jan. 30, Basic computer mouse skills.  Other topics will be taught in coming months; see schedule on website.  Space is limited, please register in person, or call the branch at 416-394-1014.

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

Family Nature Walks.  Saturdays, 1:30-3 pm.  No pre-registration necessary, these are drop-in events, great for all ages – bring the whole family!  $2-5 per person suggested donation, or PWYC. Meet at High Park Nature Centre (formerly Forest School), inside the park just south of Bloor and High Park Ave.
•   Jan. 2 – Winter’s for the Birds! : Not all birds migrate, some birds tough it out over the winter just like us! Come learn about High Park’s feathered winter residents- including the smallest, the most colourful and the most social.  We’ll talk about how they have adapted to survive our harsh Canadian winters and even give them a helping hand!  Borrow a pair of our binoculars or bring your own.
•   Jan. 16 – Trekking & Tracking:  Brush up on your tracking skills by exploring signs of animals in High Park. Learn to identify shelters, middens, scat, and more!
•   Jan. 30 – The “Sleeping Skeletons” of High Park:  Come explore High Park’s “Sleeping Skeletons,” such as our majestic Oaks, hardy Maples and whimsical Willows.  Learn how to ID trees during their winter dormancy by studying their buds, twigs and bark.

=== Other groups in our area:  use website or phone/email for more information ===

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

Scottish Country Dancing, Wednesdays at Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Rd.  Call Dorothy Lothian, 416-762-5037 or Barbara Kalmuk, 416 766-3879 for more information.

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

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

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

Local library book clubs are as follows:
▪  first Tuesday (Jan. 5), 6:30-7:30 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
▪  first Wednesday (Jan. 6), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
▪  first Wednesday (Jan. 6), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
▪  second Monday (Jan. 11), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
▪  fourth Monday (Jan. 25), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, Polish Book Club; conducted in Polish.

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