August New & Events in the Junction Area

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News

Green 13 is still seeking volunteers to help water Junction area street trees. There are still about 50 trees in the Junction that need to be “adopted”. The community lost 25% of its trees after last year’s drought. Our trees need all the help they can get. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Events

 

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

Let’s Talk About  Healthy Eating
Fri, Aug. 4 | 3446 Dundas Street West | 10:00 – 11:30 am
A drop-in program featuring hands-on cooking demonstrations and taste-testing of easy recipes. Topics include eating well on a budget, easy cooking for one or two people, simple meal planning, and healthy eating for weight management. For more information call Katie at 416-604-0640 ext. 6443. (More Info)

Canadian Stage’s Global Village in High Park
Fri, Aug. 4 | High Park Amphitheatre | 11:00 am

Explore the world around you at this free family festival devoted to the stories that make up our Global Village. Join us at the High Park Amphitheatre for a day-long multidisciplinary celebration of the land we share – with immersive activities and experiences across music, dance, craft, food and storytelling. (More Info)

Walk the 6 West: History On The Humber
Sat, Aug. 5 | Start at Lambton House or Old Mill Subway station | Tours at 12:00 and 2:30 pm

Join with the whole family for a special walking tour of six “living history” theatrical presentations featuring stories of Ontario history. A Special one-day theatrical event exploring some of the personalities from West Toronto’s past presented in Étienne Brûlé Park. (More Info)

Vegetarians of High Park Club Dinner
Thurs, Aug 10 | Cardinal Rule | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Cardinal Rule has a fantastic vegetarian and vegan-friendly menu, with dozens of options clearly labelled, including a “phish stix”, chilli, and squash quesadillas. Visit their website for more information. RSVP required by Sunday, August 6th to highpark@veg.ca. Seating is limited! (More Info)

High Park Wildflowers
Thurs, Aug. 10

Evening Ramble. Check website for more details or call 416-593-2656. (More Info)

High Park Stewards Weed Whacking
Sun, Aug. 13 | Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant | 10:30 am

For your protection, dress in long sleeves and pants, closed shoes and socks, a hat and bring water and sunscreen. Stewards will supply tools and gloves. Work rain or shine, but not during lightning storms. (More Info)

Ydessa Hendeles: The Milliner’s Daughter, An Exhibit Overview & Book Discussion
Tues, Aug. 15 | Runnymede Library | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

In partnership with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre, enjoy a presentation of their featured exhibition, Ydessa Hendeles: The Milliner’s Daughter and a book discussion of Mordecai Richler’s Son of a Smaller Hero. The exhibition and book discussion will be presented by a curator from The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. (More Info)

Councillor Doucette Constitutency Hours
Fri. Aug, 18 | Annette Library | 9:30 – 11:30 am

(Learn More)

Swansea Historical Society Arts in the Parks
Sun, Aug. 27 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, a selection of distinguished local writers will read excerpts from their work in Toronto’s historic High Park. All are welcome! The guest of honour, Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke, will kick off the free event. Authors who are scheduled to read include: George Elliott Clarke, Melanie Mah, Neil Ross, Danila Botha Vernon, Michelle Alfano, Andrew Borkowski, David DePoe, Angie Littlefield, Will O’Hara, Bruce Meyer, Kevin Hardcastle, and the Event Coordinator, Bianca Lakoseljac. Enter the park through the gates on Parkside Drive opposite High Park Boulevard and continue west. Area 26 is 100 m in on the left. (More Info)

Recurring events in the Junction Area

Let’s Talk Tuesdays: Tuesdays at 3446 Dundas Street West, from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm. Practice your English and make new friends. If you are interested in learning English and can’t attend other English classes, this program is for you! Childminding available. For more information contact Martha at 416-604-0640 ext. 6441.

Junction Seniors Group: Tuesdays from 10:00 – 11:00 am and Fridays from 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Hannah’s Cafe and Bakery, 1822 Bloor Street W. Due to an unforeseen family situation, Pascal’s will be closed until August 24th. Junction Seniors Group will meet at Hannah’s instead.

Community Yoga: Last Tuesday of the month at Annette Library, from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. One hour community yoga class with Mary on the last Tuesday evening of the month for free. This class is designed for all levels beginner and advanced practitioners alike. All you need is a mat, water bottle. Call 416-393-7692 for any questions.

Street Knit: Last Tuesday of the month at Annette Library, from 6:15 – 8:15 pm. Put your needles together and help keep someone without a home warm this year. Patterns, wool and some needles are available, but all material contributions and donations are welcome. For more information, call the Annette Street Branch at 416-393-7692. Repeats on the last Tuesday of each month.

Walk This Way: Wednesdays in High Park from 10:30 – 11:30 am. Meet at the Black Oak Cafe on West Road. Discover a new way of walking! Nordic Pole Walking is a fun and effective, low impact, full-body workout for people of all ages, fitness levels and mobility levels! Poles are available to borrow upon request.
For more information, call Junko at 416-604-0640 ext. 6453.

Chair Yoga: Wednesdays at Runnymede Library from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. An ideal exercise program for seniors. Chair Yoga addresses the whole body in a single routine with the main areas of development being balance, flexibility and strength.

Market Days at Mongomery’s Inn: Every Wednesday at Montgomery’s Inn, from 2:00 – 6:00 pm. Get fresh-baked bread, cheese, meats, and produce at this weekly farmers market. Museum tours are free during market hours.

High Park Nature Adult Speaker Series: Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. High Park Nature Centre.

  • Aug 2: Your Pane is Their Pain – Preventing Bird & Window Collisions – Speaker Paloma Plant, Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) will discuss the problem of birds colliding with windows, and solutions to this conservation issue. FLAP’s pioneering work inspires many to advocate for bird-friendly guidelines, programs and policies that protect birds. Learn how you can do your part. This talk will be followed by an Urban Bat Walk!
  • Aug 9: Citizen Science: Using eBird in the Urban Environment – Emily Rondel from Bird Studies Canada will speak about eBird, a online personal birding checklist. Toronto support millions of birds. About 200 bird species breed in Toronto, and two major migratory routes converge here. As a citizen scientist, you can help researchers collect data to help with understanding bird populations, movements and trends. The features of eBird provide an easy and free platform for tracking bird lists.
  • Aug 16: Restoring Urban Biodiversity Beginning in Our Backyards – Speaker Colleen Cirillo from Toronto Botanical Gardens will address building biodiversity at home. Bring the birds, bees and butterflies home! Learn how to create a beautiful, biodiverse garden through careful plant choice, design and maintenance. This talk includes a walk through the savannah gardens in OURSpace, the Nature Centre’s outdoor classroom.
  • Aug 23: Bat Superpowers: Mammals that fly; and that’s just the beginning! Daily Planet co-host Dan Riskin has spent more than 20 years exploring the biomechanics of bats. Dan will describe the biomechanic abilities of bats who are able to fly, flip, fall, avoid obstacles and more. Using images, video, sounds and stories from research, Dan will show us what makes bats seem like supernatural athletes. This talk will be followed by a guided Urban Bat Walk.

Fret Not Ukulele Night: First Thursday of the month at Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W, from 6:00-9:00 pm. Come and sing, laugh and make music at this monthly ukulele gathering with Doctor of Music instructor Chris Wilson. Beginners welcome! Bring your use or borrow one from the host. Fee may apply.

Evenings at Colborne Lodge: Every Thursday from May 25 to August 31, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm in High Park. In the Park on a Thursday evening? Why not drop in at the Lodge? Discover how the Howard’s fulfilled their ideal of a romantic villa in 1837– building their country retreat from City life. Step through the French doors and enjoy the view as the Howard’s did. Their lifelong love of the park ensured its preservation as a retreat for us all.

Thirsty Thursdays: Last Thursday of the month at Montgomery’s Inn, from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Held on the last Thursday of every month, this event offers live traditional music, beverages and stew by firelight in the Inn’s restored 1847 barroom.

Junction Farmers Market: Saturdays at the Junction Train Platform (2960 Dundas Street W) from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. The Junction Farmers Market provides local, sustainably produced fresh foods in ways that build community, support local food growers and producers, and promote access to healthy food for all. Saturdays until November 4.

Knitting Circle: Saturdays at Annette Library from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Bring your own needles and yarn. All levels are welcome. Limited instruction may be available for beginners from our friendly residents. Drop in. No registrations required.

High Park Walks: First and third Sunday from 10:30 am-12 noon. Meet at the benches, across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of High Park. All ages welcome. Dogs on leash only, please.

  • Aug 6: Caterpillars, Moths and Butterflies. Popular science teacher and writer Don Scallen shares his knowledge of these beautiful creatures. Very hands-on and interactive. A favourite with children.
  • Aug 20: Native Plants and FlowersLocal naturalist and photographer Karen Yukich tours natural restoration sites, explaining the work being done to return the park’s plant life to its original beauty.

Tea Time at the InnSundays at Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W. from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Special weekly tea in our community room. Choice of sweet or savoury plate, with a seasonal feature. $7.00 plus HST. No reservation required.

Upcoming Events for Families

Sing and Dance with Joseph
Wed Aug 2 | Runnymede Library | 2:00 – 2:45 pm

Explore a cultural mosaic of creative arts through the interplay of music, dance, and languages. This interactive and engaging performance will be led by Joseph Sengco. Ages 4 & up. Free tickets available 30 minutes before the program. Groups must register in advance by calling (416) 393-7697. (Learn More)

Action Potential Lab
Thu Aug 03 | Runnymede Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Calling junior scientists to explore science + art in this workshop led by Toronto’s home-grown laboratory dedicated to a fusion of the two fields. For Ages 7 & up. Space is limited. Register in person in the branch or by calling 416-393-7697. (Learn More)

National Film Board Film Fest
Thurs, Aug. 3 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Enjoy a special screening of children’s shorts and Indigenous legends by the Canadian National Film Board. (Learn More)

LEGO & Books
Thurs, Aug 10 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Bring your best LEGO building skills and participate in activities inspired by a well-loved children’s book. (Learn More)

Afternoon at the Movies
Mon, Aug. 14 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Zootopia. Celebrate the summer months with a fun film at the Library. Drop in only. Groups must call ahead to check space availability. (Learn More)

Youth Cooking Club
Mon, Aug. 14 | 3446 Dundas Street West | 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Let’s cook together! Open to youth ages 12 to 24 years. The program is usually held on the first Monday of the month, excluding holidays. For more information, call Cindy at  416-604-0640 ext. 1044. (Learn More)

Make a Fairy House
Wed, Aug. 16 | Runnymede Library | 2:00 – 2:45 pm

Inspired by the Fairy Folklore of Newfoundland, make your very own fairy house to attract pixies and sprites. Ages 6 & up. Please register in advance by calling (416) 393-7697. (Learn More)

Summer Reading Club Party with Magical Duda
Thurs, Aug. 17 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Come celebrate the summer and all the reading you did with a party! Enjoy a special magic show with guest, Magical Duda. (Learn More)

Recurring events for children and families

Stories in the Park: Tuesdays near Runnymede Library from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Join us for summer stories on the grass behind the library. This event is BYOB, Bring Your Own Blanket. In the event of rain, we will gather in the program room. Ages 0-5. No registration required.

Family Bat Walks: Tues, Aug. 8 and Friday Aug 18 from 8:15 – 9:15 pm, Thurs Aug 31 from 8:00 – 9:00 pm. Family Bat Walk Bat hunting at night? Join us for another opportunity to study High Park’s amazing and mysterious bat populations. Use hand-held bat detectors to listen for bats’ ultrasonic calls. Explore their habitat, behaviour, and favourite foods as they swoop and loop during their evening, mid-air forage. We may even practice being bats ourselves! With your help, we can uncover the secrets of their elusive lives.

Family Nature Walks: Dates have changed (see below). All walks meet at the High Park Nature Centre at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive unless special instructions are given.

  • Tues. Aug, 1 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | Wonderful Wildflowers – Stop and smell the wild roses! This walk is about the many beautiful wildflowers of High Park, especially the flowers that grow in the endangered Black Oak Savannah. Learn the variety of ways wildflowers attract pollinators and spread their seeds. You will have the opportunity to become park stewards and help us restore the savannah.
  • Tues. Aug 15 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | All You Need is Bugs – Butterflies, grasshoppers and worms, oh my! High Park is a haven for creepy crawlies and fantastic fliers. Explore the amazing world of bugs and learn facts such as what makes an insect different from a bug. Discover reasons why bugs are so incredible, their importance to the ecosystem, and have a chance to see some up close and personal.
  • Tues. Aug 22 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | 13,000 Years of High Park – Join us to learn 13,000 years of history of High Park! From melting glaciers to modern day hikers, this walk will include some Indigenous history and uses of the land, the history of how High Park became a public park, and the more recent history of restoration, especially of the Black Oak Savannah. Join us to delve deep into the history of the biggest park inside of Toronto.

Tween Makers Club: Tuesdays at Annette Library, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Come join the fun and create DIY projects to bring home each week! Ages 10 and up. Drop-in, no registration required.

Toddler Time: Wednesdays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 9:30 – 10:00 am and again at 10:30 – 11:00 am. Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and more for toddlers 19-35 months and their parents/caregivers. Drop in. No registration required.

Family Storytime: Wednesdays at Annette Library from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Stories, rhymes, finger plays and action songs for children with their parents or caregivers.

Board Game Night: First Thursday at Jane/ Dundas Library from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Board games are great for keeping your brain fit and healthy! Join us for an evening of strategy, competition, and fun! Play one of our board games, or bring a board game you wish to share with other board game fans. Clue, Jenga, Monopoly, Scrabble, Chess, and many more games are available. Drop in only. Ages 12 to 99 are welcome.

Movies at the Library: Thurs. Aug 10 and 24 at Runnymede Library from 2:00 – 3:15 pm. Relax at the library with family-friendly film screenings. Stay tuned for film titles. Free tickets available 30 minutes before the program.

Baby Time: Fridays at Annette Library from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Bouncing and tickling rhymes, songs, finger plays and stories for babies from birth to 18 months with their parents or caregivers.

Baby Time: Fridays at Jane/ Dundas Library from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Bouncing and tickling rhymes, songs and stories for babies from birth to 18 months with their parents and caregivers.

Baby Time: Fridays beginning July 21 at Runnymede Library from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Stories, songs and rhymes for babies birth to 18 months with their parents or caregivers. Stay afterward for playtime and socializing. Drop-in, no registration required.

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

 

July Events in the Junction Area

Upcoming Events

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

Imnarja Festival (Maltese Picnic)
Sun. July 2 | Runnymede Park | 1:00 – 10:00 pm

Join the community to celebrate Maltese culture. The celebration will feature folk singing, dancing, and, of course, delicious food. or more information, please contact Joe Sherri at joesherri@rogers.com.

Historic Lambton Park Walking Tour
Tues. Jul, 4 | Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St | 10:00 am 

Walk leader: Madeleine McDowell. Compare changes over the past century and a half with photos and accounts of previous adventures. The habitat is Carolinian Oak Savannah and we will follow the Humber back to Lambton House where we will have a cup of tea. Bring lunch and/or snacks. Binoculars and cameras might be useful. Hosted by the Toronto Field Naturalists. (Learn More)

Passages Canada Presents: Henry Agassi
Wed. Jul, 5 | Annette Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Passages Canada is a storytelling initiative of Historica Canada, working to build understanding and respect for Canada’s shared history and values. Listen to Henry Agassi’s personal account of cultural identity and heritage as part of our celebrations for Canada 150. Q&A to follow. (Learn More)

Rail Heritage in the Junction Triangle
Sat. Jul, 8 | 25 Cariboo Avenue (Railpath) | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Heritage Toronto, Councillor Ana Bailão, and the Friends of the West Toronto Railpath for the presentation of two plaques on rail heritage in the Junction Triangle. One of the plaques focuses on a beloved, and newly renovated neighbourhood landmark: the Wallace Street Footbridge. The other tells the history of the West Toronto Railway Diamonds and one of the busiest industrial crossroad in Toronto. The plaque presentation will be followed by a 60-min walking tour of the West Toronto Railpath past and future, led by Councillor Ana Bailão and Scott Dobson. (Learn More and RSVP)

Councillor Doucette Constitutency Hours
Fri. Jul, 14 | Runnymede Library | 2:45 – 4:45 pm

(Learn More)

Blood Donor Clinic
Sat. Jul, 22 | Swansea Town Hall

Register online.

Junction Night Market
Sat. Jul, 22 | Pacific Ave & Dundas West | 7:00 – 11:00 pm

An evening of fabulous local food, craft beer, cider and wine in the Junction. All the proceeds will go to help members of our community gain access to fresh and healthy food through local food programs. (Learn More)

Finding Your Fit! Make Fitness a Lifelong Habit
Wed. Jul, 26 | Runnymede Library | 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Author, fitness trainer, Globe and Mail fitness columnist Kathleen Trotter talks about her latest book, Finding Your Fit: A Compassionate Trainer’s Guide to Making Fitness a Lifelong Habit. Wanting to get on track and actually getting (and then staying) on track are two totally different things. The million-dollar question is: how do we find the inner motivation to go from thinking about a healthier lifestyle to actually adopting one? How do we get off the sofa and out the front door? Finding Your Fit: A Compassionate Trainer’s Guide to Making Fitness a Lifelong Habit provides readers with practical tools that will allow them to connect the dots between wanting to make a health and fitness change, and actually making it. (Learn More)

Recurring events in the Junction Area

High Park Walks: First and third Sunday from 10:30 am-12 noon. Meet at the benches, across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of High Park. All ages welcome. Dogs on leash only, please.

  • July 2: More Bees, Please with by Scott MacIvor. There are 364 species of bees in High Park! Urban bee researcher Scott MacIvor shows how nature’s pollinators contribute to the park’s ecosystem.
  • July 16: Exploring Spring Creek Ravine with Stephen Smith. Arborist Steve Smith investigates the geography of the defining natural feature of High Park’s east side.

Tea Time at the InnSundays at Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W. from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Special weekly tea in our community room. Choice of sweet or savoury plate, with a seasonal feature. $7.00 plus HST. No reservation required.

Community Yoga: Last Tuesday of the month at Annette Library, from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. One hour community yoga class with Mary on the last Tuesday evening of the month for free. This class is designed for all levels beginner and advanced practitioners alike. All you need is a mat, water bottle. Call 416-393-7692 for any questions.

Street Knit: Last Tuesday of the month at Annette Library, from 6:15 – 8:15 pm. Put your needles together and help keep someone without a home warm this year. Patterns, wool and some needles are available, but all material contributions and donations are welcome. For more information, call the Annette Street Branch at 416-393-7692. Repeats on the last Tuesday of each month.

Chair Yoga: Wednesdays at Runnymede Library from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. An ideal exercise program for seniors. Chair Yoga addresses the whole body in a single routine with the main areas of development being balance, flexibility and strength.

Market Days at Mongomery’s Inn: Every Wednesday at Montgomery’s Inn, from 2:00 – 6:00 pm. Get fresh-baked bread, cheese, meats, and produce at this weekly farmers market. Museum tours are free during market hours.

Backyard Biodiversity Talks: Wednesdays from 7:30 – 8:30 pm. High Park Nature Centre. Suggested donation of $5.

  • July 5: iNaturalist for Beginners – Join young naturalist and volunteer Kate Armstrong, and High Park Nature Centre Program Director Jon Hayes to explore how connections with the world around us using the power of technology and observation. Learn to use iNaturalist, a citizen science tool, to bring local nature to your fingertips, record your observations, crowdsource identifications, and help to create useful data for scientists and nature lovers to be preserved for years to come. This talk will be followed by a guided Urban Bat Walk from 8:30 – 9:30 pm.
  • July 12: Restoring Toronto’s Wild Spaces – Have you ever wondered about how wild spaces are managed in Toronto? This talk focus on how the City of Toronto’s Natural Resource Management program got started, how it evolved and what we do to protect and restore our wild spaces today. There will be a High Park centered focus, though we will touch upon restoration efforts across Toronto.
  • July 19: Urban Raccoons in the GTA – Are we building a smarter raccoon? Join us to learn about the masked bandits we share our backyards with, those wily urban raccoons! Suzanne will be sharing her discoveries from over ten years of raccoon research, from where these creatures live in the city, our own feeling about them, how smart (or not) they really are… and whether they can figure out those new green bins! This talk will be followed by a guided Urban Bat Walk from 8:30 – 9:30 pm.
  • July 26: Drivers of Urban Bee Diversity in Toronto – Many environmental, historic, socioeconomic, and policy factors impact wild bees and pollination services in cities. In this talk we will unpack these components and discuss how individual Torontonians can help urban bee populations.

Fret Not Ukulele Night: First Thursday of the month at Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W, from 6:00-9:00 pm. Come and sing, laugh and make music at this monthly ukulele gathering with Doctor of Music instructor Chris Wilson. Beginners welcome! Bring your use or borrow one from the host. Fee may apply.

Evenings at Colborne Lodge: Every Thursday from May 25 to August 31, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm in High Park. In the Park on a Thursday evening? Why not drop in at the Lodge? Discover how the Howard’s fulfilled their ideal of a romantic villa in 1837– building their country retreat from City life. Step through the French doors and enjoy the view as the Howard’s did. Their lifelong love of the park ensured its preservation as a retreat for us all.

Thirsty Thursdays: Last Thursday of the month at Montgomery’s Inn, from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Held on the last Thursday of every month, this event offers live traditional music, beverages and stew by firelight in the Inn’s restored 1847 barroom.

Community Pub Night at Lambton House: First Friday of every month at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas Street. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Music at 8:00 pm. March Pub Night features the Hawk’s Nest Trio.

Junction Farmers Market: Saturdays at the Junction Train Platform (2960 Dundas Street W) from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. The Junction Farmers Market provides local, sustainably produced fresh foods in ways that build community, support local food growers and producers, and promote access to healthy food for all. Saturdays until November 4.

Knitting Circle: Saturdays at Annette Library from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Bring your own needles and yarn. All levels are welcome. Limited instruction may be available for beginners from our friendly residents. Drop in. No registrations required.

Upcoming Events for Families

Rabbit and Bear Paws: Council of the Animals
Wed. Jul,5 | Runnymede Library | 2:00 – 2:45 pm

Find out how the faithful Dog saves the day in this funny and touching puppet show. Travel back to the dawn of human memory, when all the animals lived in harmony with each other. Then, one sunny day, a bear cub discovered a little bundle of joy: the first man. He was raised and educated by our elders, the animals, learning much from them, but also becoming dependent on them. And so the animals formed a council to determine what to do about mankind. With man’s future looking uncertain, his best chance to survive the judgment of the council would lie with his best friend…the Dog. For ages 4 & up. Free tickets will be distributed 30 minutes before the show. Groups must register in advance by visiting the branch or calling 416-393-7697. (Learn More)

Theâtre interactif avec Ecoloodi : Ayaba et la source magique
Thurs. Jul, 6 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 10:30 – 11:30 am

Spectacle interactif qui vous fera voyager au Bénin, en Afrique de l’Ouest. Venez chanter, danser et écouter l’histoire d’Ayaba, une petite fille de sept ans qui va découvrir une source d’eau magique. / Ayaba and the Magic Source. This interactive show will take you to Benin, in West Africa. Sing, dance, and listen to the story of Ayaba, a seven-year-old girl who discovers a source of water with magical powers. (Learn More)

Puppet Show: Dr. De Soto
Fri. Jul, 7 | Annette Library | 2:00 – 2:30 pm

Join us for a puppet show presentation of the classic tale of ‘Doctor De Soto’, the award-winning picture book by William Steig. For children of all ages with their parents/caregivers. Drop-in, no registration required. (Learn More)

Learn to Camp with Parks Canada
Sat. Jul, 8 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Learn about Canada’s national parks, tips on planning a camping trip, and related skills like setting up a tent and cooking in the outdoors. Presented by Parks Canada as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations. (Learn More)

Beaver Dam Challenge
Wed. Jul, 12 | Runnymede Library | 2:00 – 2:45 pm

Are you ready to take the Beaver Dam Challenge? Create a beaver dam with the supplies provided. Ages 6 & up. Drop-in. Groups must register in advance by calling (416) 393-7697. (Learn More)

LEGO & Books
Thurs. Jul 13 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Bring your best LEGO building skills and participate in activities inspired by a well-loved children’s book. (Learn More)

The Canuckstruments Show with Mystic Drumz
Fri Jul 14 | Annette Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with the drummers from Mystic Drumz as they take you on a journey from coast to coast, featuring instruments made only in Canada by Canadians. For children and their parents/caregivers. Drop-in, no registration required. (Learn More)

Bloor West Street Fest
Sat. Jul, 15 | 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Featuring carnival rides, a rock climbing wall, bumper boats, super dogs, and more. Bloor Street between Runnymede and Jane. (Learn More)

Northern Skies Art
Wed. Jul, 19 | Runnymede Library | 2:00 – 2:45 pm

Get inspired by Aurora Borealis and make a chalky rendition of the Northern Skies. Ages 9-12. Please register in advance by calling (416) 393-7697. (Learn More)

Heavens Above
Thu. Jul, 20 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Is the moon made of cheese? Is the sky really falling? How do astronauts go to the bathroom in space? The answers to these questions are no, yes, and you’ll just have to see for yourself! Discover the world of astronomy with a Canadian flare! For children ages 6 and up. (Learn More)

For the Birds
Wed. Jul, 26 | Runnymede Library | 2:00 – 2:45 pm

Get crafty with Canadian birds. Make a loon collage and paper puffin. Ages 5-8. Drop-in. Groups must register in advance by calling (416) 393-7697. (Learn More)

The Hiss-story of Snakes
Thu. Jul, 27 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Want to find out all about snakes? Children can meet a real live snake and see a slide show about these amazing animals. Presented by David Kondo. Tickets will be handed out 30 minutes before the program begins. (Learn More)

Coding For Kids: Canada 150 Project with Coderdojo
Fri. Jul, 28 | Annette Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Participate in a Canada 150-themed coding event with Coderdojo! All levels of experience welcome. For kids ages 7 and up. Registration required. Some laptops available but bring your own if you are able. (Learn More)

Family Bat Walk
Fri. Jul, 28 | High Park Nature Centre | 8:30 – 9:30 pm

Have you ever heard a bat hunting at night? Probably not! Join us as we explore High Park’s amazing and mysterious bat populations. Using hand-held bat detectors, we will listen for bats’ ultrasonic calls in High Park, explore their habitat, behaviour, and favourite foods as they swoop and loop during their evening, mid-air forage. We may even practice being bats ourselves! There is much to learn about these creatures, but with the help of citizen scientists like you, we can work together to uncover the secrets of their elusive lives. (Learn More)

Recurring events for children and families

Afternoon at the Movies: Mondays at Jane/ Dundas Library from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Celebrate the summer months with a fun film at the Library. Drop in only. Groups must call ahead to check space availability. July 3 – Legend of Sarila, July 10 – Chicken Run, July 17 – Snowtime, July 24 – Wall-E, July 31 – Sing.

Preschool Time: Listen, Watch, Make! Tuesdays at Jane/ Dundas Library from 2:00 – 2:45 pm. Listen to a fun story, watch a short film, and make an amazing craft! For children ages 3-5 years with their parents and/or caregivers.

Stories in the Park: Tuesdays near Runnymede Library from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Join us for summer stories on the grass behind the library. This event is BYOB, Bring Your Own Blanket. In the event of rain, we will gather in the program room. Ages 0-5. No registration required.

Family Nature Walks: Dates have changed (see below). All walks meet at the High Park Nature Centre at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive unless special instructions are given.

  • Tues. Jul, 11 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | Tree-mendous Trees –  Get to know majestic Black Oaks, towering White Pines, beautiful Paper Birches and many more. We’ll also talk about how animals, including humans, benefit from trees in a variety of ways, as well as some of the latest research on how trees communicate with each other.
  • Tues. Jul, 18 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | Amazing Animal Adaptations – Do you know how woodpeckers can tap on trees without hurting their brains? Or how salamanders communicate to their family members through smell? Join us to learn amazing physical and behavioural adaptations of some of High Park’s resident animals! We’ll also teach you tracking skills so you can search for animal evidence and hopefully spot some of these amazing creatures
  • Wed. Jul, 26 | 8:15 – 10:00 pm | Moth Night – High Park is lucky enough to be home to many incredible moths! As most moths are nocturnal, this special edition Family Nature Walk will take place in the evening to maximize moth-viewing opportunities. Members of the Toronto Entomological Association will also be on hand to share their knowledge. Join us to find out more about these special creatures and help us find as many varieties as we can! Meet at square of benches just south of Grenadier Restaurant.

Toddler Time: Wednesdays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 9:30 – 10:00 am and again at 10:30 – 11:00 am. Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and more for toddlers 19-35 months and their parents/caregivers. Drop in. No registration required.

Family Storytime: Wednesdays at Annette Library from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Stories, rhymes, finger plays and action songs for children with their parents or caregivers.

Kanuk Kids! Wednesdays at Jane/ Dundas Library from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Show off your Canadian pride at the library and take part in games, activities, and crafts! Drop in only.

Board Game Night: First Thursday at Jane/ Dundas Library from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Board games are great for keeping your brain fit and healthy! Join us for an evening of strategy, competition, and fun! Play one of our board games, or bring a board game you wish to share with other board game fans. Clue, Jenga, Monopoly, Scrabble, Chess, and many more games are available. Drop in only. Ages 12 to 99 are welcome.

Movies at the Library: Thurs. July 13 and July 27 at Runnymede Library from 2:00 – 3:15 pm. Relax at the library with family-friendly film screenings. Stay tuned for film titles. Free tickets available 30 minutes before the program.

Baby Time: Fridays at Annette Library from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Bouncing and tickling rhymes, songs, finger plays and stories for babies from birth to 18 months with their parents or caregivers.

Baby Time: Fridays at Jane/ Dundas Library from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Bouncing and tickling rhymes, songs and stories for babies from birth to 18 months with their parents and caregivers.

Baby Time: Fridays beginning July 21 at Runnymede Library from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Stories, songs and rhymes for babies birth to 18 months with their parents or caregivers. Stay afterward for playtime and socializing. Drop-in, no registration required.

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

April News & Events

News

The next Junction Residents Association community meeting is Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, 7-9 pm, at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W.

Registration for High Park Nature Summer Clubs begins Apr. 19 at 7:00 am. Click here for a list of different clubs and prices.

Runnymede Library remains closed for renovations for another 3 months.

Looking for information about new developments in the Junction? Check the JRA website.

Upcoming Events in the Junction Area

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

High Park Community Alliance Meeting
Mon, Apr. 3 | 50 Quebec Ave | 7:30 pm

A community meeting to discuss densification of Bloor Street and proposals to add 7 residential buildings with 1700 units to the area. For more information, contact highparkcommunityalliance@gmail.com.

The Battle of Ridgeway: The American Fenian Invasion and the 1866 Battle that Made Canada
Wed, Apr. 5 | Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave | 7:30 pm

The Swansea Historical Society presents speaker Peter Vronsky who will discuss the 22,000 Canadians who were mobilized in June 1866 to fight the Fenian invaders, and the resultant state of national emergency led to Canadian Confederation the following year.

The Beginnings of the Canadian Auto Industry
Thurs, Apr. 6 | Annette Street Library | Archives open 6:00 pm. Presentation at 8:00 pm.
Join the West Toronto Junction Historical Society and local history enthusiast and storyteller, John Beram, for a discuss of the early days of the auto industry in Canada. There will be special reference to the role of the Junction in the development of the industry. (Learn More)

Stress Management: Strategies for Reducing Stress
Fri, Apr. 7 | Annette Street Library | 9:30 – 10:30 am

Learn about the signs and symptoms of stress and the effects of stress on your health. Prevent stress with positive coping skills. (Learn More)

Constituency Hours with Councillor Doucette
Fri, Apr. 7 | Annette Library | 3:30 – 5:30 pm

(Learn More)

Junction Geo – Comfortable Homes, Locally Powered
Sat, Apr. 8 | Annette Street Library | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Green 13 and Public Good Initiative (PGI) for a presentation and discussion on the feasibility of building next generation district-based geoexchange heating and cooling systems in older urban neighbourhoods. (Learn More)

Greenhouse – Nursery Cleanup – High Park Stewards
Sun, Apr. 9 | 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  

Nursery cleanup with the volunteer High Park Stewards.  Contact stewards@highparknature.org to be added to the email list. (Learn More)

High Park Easter Egg Hunt
Sun, Apr. 9 | Colborne Lodge | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

The annual Easter Egg Hunt in High Park – on the grounds of Colborne Lodge Museum.  Outdoor egg hunts for children are scheduled every 30 minutes starting at 11 am – the last hunt at 3:00 p.m.  Other activities include – egg dyeing, making bunny-themed crafts, face painting, explorations of Colborne Lodge and a visit from the our friend the Bunny. Small fees apply for some activities. (Learn More)

Public Health and Climate Change
Tues, Apr. 11 | Annette Street Library | 6:45 – 8:15 pm

Green 13 hosts Carol Mee, Manager, Healthy Public Policy, Toronto Public Health. Ms. Mee is the lead manager for the recent “Climate Change and Health Strategy 2016” for the City. She will speak about public health and climate change (e.g. heat waves; extreme cold; insect-borne disease such as West Nile virus, Lyme disease; asthma…), new Ward Health Profiles (Ward 13, Ward 14), and considerations around vulnerability (e.g. confidentiality). This presentation is part of a series of follow-up events emerging from the recent Ward 13/14 Roundtable on Community Preparedness for Extreme Weather Events. (Learn More)

Junction Residents Association Community Meeting
Wed, Apr. 12 | West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W. | 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Please join the Junction Residents Association for its next community meeting. Learn more about JRA activities and news from the community. (Learn More)

Heritage Talk
Thurs, Apr. 13 | Lambton House | 7:00 pm

Phil Ralph, National Program Director, Wounded Warriors, gives a talk entitled “Birth of a Nation: Vimy at 100.” Although July 1, 1867 and April 9, 1917 are separated by 50 years in time, in many ways they are inextricably linked to Canada’s identity as a nation. Confederation declared political independence and Vimy declared Canada’s place in the world. (Learn More)

Blood Donor Clinic
Apr. 14 | Annette Community Recreation Centre

Register online.

Unearthing Stories of Lost Wendigo Creek
Sat, Apr. 22 | Meet at Malta Park, Dundas St. W. and St. John’s Road | 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Green 13  and Toronto Green Community celebrate Earth Day with a walk along the path of lost Wendigo Creek.  Along the way we will discover what happened to Wendigo Creek, where the water is now, and learn about the idea of a Blue Green City – how people are getting together to help re-make a more natural water cycle one garden and one park at a time. Walk Leaders: Gib Goodfellow, member of the West Toronto Junction Historical Society and lifetime resident; Helen Mills of Toronto Green Community’s RAINscapeTO and Lost Rivers. (Learn More)

Community Environment Day
Sat, Apr. 22 | Sir Casimir Gzowksi Park (parking lot at the foot of Ellis Ave) | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join Councillor Sarah Doucette at this annual event. Drop off your household goods and old VHS tapes for recycling or donation to area schools and families. Donate bicycles. Shred documents. Pick up a free “Slow Down” sign. Park cleanup runs from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. (Learn More)

Recurring events in the Junction Area

Community Yoga: Last Tuesday of the month at Annette Library, from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. One hour community yoga class with Caitlin on the last Tuesday evening of the month for free. This class is designed for all levels beginner and advanced practitioners alike. All you need is a mat, water bottle. Call 416-393-7692 for any questions.

Street Knit: Last Tuesday of the month at Annette Library, from 6:15 – 8:15 pm. Put your needles together and help keep someone without a home warm this year. Patterns, wool and some needles are available, but all material contributions and donations are welcome. For more information, call the Annette Street Branch at 416-393-7692. Repeats on the last Tuesday of each month.

Market Days at Mongomery’s Inn: Every Wednesday at Montgomery’s Inn, from 2:00 – 6:00 pm. Get fresh-baked bread, cheese, meats, and produce at this weekly farmers market. Museum tours are free during market hours.

Cyber Seniors (55+): Every Wednesday at Annette Street Library at 4:00 and 5:00 pm. Cyber Seniors is an intergenerational program which pairs youth volunteers and older adults for basic one-on-one computer help and support. The program runs 3 weekly one-hour sessions; registrants are expected to commit to all sessions. Topics include: email, social media, downloading from TPL’s digital collection, internet safety, and Microsoft Word. Space is limited. Register in branch or call 416-393-7692.

Fret Not Ukulele Night: First Thursday of the month at Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W, from 6:00-9:00 pm. Come and sing, laugh and make music at this monthly ukulele gathering with Doctor of Music instructor Chris Wilson. Beginners welcome! Bring your use or borrow one from the host. Fee may apply.

Thirsty Thursdays: Last Thursday of the month at Montgomery’s Inn, from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Held on the last Thursday of every month, this event offers live traditional music, beverages and stew by firelight in the Inn’s restored 1847 barroom.

Community Pub Night at Lambton House: First Friday of every month at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas Street. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Music at 8:00 pm. March Pub Night features the Hawk’s Nest Trio.

High Park Walks: First and third Sunday from 10:30 am-12 noon. Meet at the benches, across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of High Park. All ages welcome. Dogs on leash only, please.

  • Apr. 2: Lost Waterways – That gurgling sound beneath your feet? It’s a river! City Planner Leo deSorcy follows the flow.
  • Apr. 23: Spring Photo Buff Walk – Professional photographer David Allen helps you frame the best seasonal images. Bring your camera, iPad or other photo device.

Tea Time at the InnSundays at Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W. from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Special weekly tea in our community room. Choice of sweet or savoury plate, with a seasonal feature. $7.00 plus HST. No reservation required.

Junction Reads & Writes: Last Sunday of the month at Famous Last Words, 392 Pacific Ave. at 5:00 pm. Special Young Adult night with Allan Stratton, KJ Rankin, Shalta Dicaire Fordin and Sarah Sahagian and Sarah Henstra.

Events for Teens

The Space – Youth Drop In
Every Monday | St. John’s Anglican Church, 288 Humberside Ave. | 3:00 – 6:00 pm.

Weekly drop-in program for area youth. Check website for more details. No drop-in on March 13 due to March Break. (Learn More)

Events for Children and Families

Bunny Hop
Sat, Apr. 15 | Annette Street Library | 10:30 – 11:30 am

Hop on over to the library and spring through our stations of challenges, crafts & games. This is a drop-in program for ages 5 & up. (Learn More)

Recurring events for children and families

Poetry Saved Our Lives: Mondays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Join award winning spoken word champion, Ian Keteku, as he leads a spoken word workshop this fall. The workshop will provide youth with mentorship and artistic development opportunities, while allowing them to showcase their artistic poetic talent and develop their leadership skills. Come out and work with some of the finest young poets the city has to offer, and showcase your talent. There will be no event on Monday, March 13 due to March Break.

Preschool Time: Tuesdays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 2:00 – 2:45 pm beginning March 28. Stories, songs, rhymes and crafts for children age 3 – 5 years with their parents or caregivers. No registration required.

Toddler Time: Wednesdays at Annette Street Library, from 10:30 -11:00 am. Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and more for toddlers 19-35 months and their parents/caregivers. Drop in. No registration required.

Toddler Time: Wednesdays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and more for toddlers 19-35 months and their parents/caregivers. Drop in. No registration required.

Family Nature Walks: First and third Saturdays, from 1:30 – 3:00 pm. All walks meet at the High Park Nature Centre at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive unless special instructions are given.

  • Sat, Apr. 8  – Burning the Black Oak Savannah: A History of the Spring Burn – Explore the endangered black oak savannah ecosystem in High Park. Learn the role of indigenous peoples in the creation and maintenance of the savannah and how the City of Toronto restores it through annual controlled burns.
  • Sat, Apr. 22 – Nifty Nests and Bouncing Babies – Springtime breathes new life into High Park as many of park residents are having babies! Explore who is being born at this time of year, search for nifty nests and have fun learning about some very quirky mating behaviours.

More programs for kids:  Annette St. Library | Jane/Dundas Library

Clubs and Groups in the Junction Area

Digital Camera Club: Bring your camera, pictures and videos (bring yours on a thumb drive). Questions and answers. Guest speakers. Tutorials: how to take photos and video. Camera settings explained. Outings: shooting in the field – like High Park. Questions: 416-604-3359.

High Park Natural Environment Committee: The NEC advises the City of Toronto on the protection and restoration of the natural features of High Park.

High Park Speakers (Toastmasters): Meets Thursdays from 6:15-8:00 pm, at Annette Library, downstairs.  Guests are welcome at 6:05 for orientation.

Junction Residents Association: Representing residents living between Keele, Humberside/ Quebec/ Annette, Runnymede, and south of the railroad tracks. Membership in the JRA is just $10.

Junction Seniors: Meets Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 am at Agora Cafe (3015 Dundas St. W.) and Fridays 2:00-3:00 pm at Pascal’s (2904 Dundas St. W.).

Parkdale- High Park Rotary Club: Meets Thurs. mornings, Grenadier Café in the heart of High Park, 7:30 am. The Rotary Club of Parkdale-High Park is one of 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and regions, forming a network of community service around the world. We are a welcoming, friendly and fun-loving group of men and women from different backgrounds, age groups, cultures and occupations.  If you want to be part of a global network of community volunteers, then Rotary is for you. Breakfast is available for $3.99.

Scottish Country Dancing Group: Meets Wednesday evenings at Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Road, 7:15-9:15 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early. 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, Roncesvalles United Church, 240 Roncesvalles Ave. 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.

Swansea Horticultural Society: Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor). Meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. For more information, call Beverly Donnelly, 416-766-8852.

Toronto Debating SocietyAlternate Tuesdays, Swansea Town Hall, 7:30-9:30 pm.  A group of people interested in words, ideas & the power of quick thinking. This non-profit public community organization meets from Sep. to May.  Attendance is always free.

  • Apr. 4 – The Toronto Housing Market is a Good Investment
  • Apr. 18 – Bridges are Better Than Walls

Toronto Marine Historical Society: The Toronto Marine Historical Society was founded about 50 years ago and is still going strong. Its function is to research and record the history of commercial vessels that plied the Great Lakes and adjacent waters in years past and in the present. The focus is on cargo ships of all kinds, passenger vessels, tugboats, and indeed anything that could float and had a commercial purpose. The highlight of each meeting is an illustrated presentation that deals with an aspect of Great Lakes shipping. Meets the first Saturday of Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec at Swansea Town Hall, 2:30 – 4:30 pm.

Toronto Swing Dance Society: Meets monthly on Fridays at Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W from 7:30 pm to midnight. Monthly dances for all ages.  No experience or partner needed. $10 fee/ $5 for members.

West Toronto Junction Historical Society: A volunteer organization formed by a group of local residents to learn about and preserve the history of the Junction, and to get involved in local planning issues.

West Toronto Masonic Temple: The West Toronto Masonic Temple was built in 1908 by 3 local Masonic groups: Stanley Lodge, Victoria Lodge and Shekinah Chapter. Their members consisted of many of the Railway workers, local merchants and Government leaders of the community.  Notable members were the Heintzam brothers (of piano fame), James Ellis (prominent local architect) and GW Clendenan.  Prior to 1908, the members met at Kilburn Hall at Dundas and Heintzman.  Today there are 12 Masonic groups that hold their meeting at the building. The ground floor is a banquet faciility used by members and the community.  Masons are a fraternity with roots in England circa 1720.  To become a member, tour the building or use the banquet room contact John Breakey.

Your Next Read Book Club: Meets the first Wednesday of each month at Jane/ Dundas Library at 7:00 pm. Copies of the book are available to borrow starting one month prior to each club meeting.

Junction Area News & Events

January News

The Runnymede Library repairs will begin soon.  Click here for more information, when it becomes available.

There will be a 2017 Community Budget Meeting hosted by Councillors Sarah Doucette and Gord Perks. January 26 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School, 1515 Bloor St West in the 3rd Floor Staff Room. Join the councillors to learn more about the city’s 2017 budget process. (Click here for more information)

Toronto City Council is considering appointments for a large number of board, agency, and tribunal positions (e.g., Toronto Transit Commission, Heritage Toronto). For more information about available positions and application procedures, please click here.

 

Upcoming Events in the Junction Area

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

Blood Donor Clinic
Sat, Jan. 14 | Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Avenue

Organized by Canadian Blood Services. Please pre-register online. (Learn More)

A Cool Walk Along the Humber
Wed, Jan. 4 | Meet at the southeast corner of Eglinton Ave W and Scarlett Rd | 1:30 pm  

A nature and history walk led by Ed Freeman. (Learn More)

An Evening with David Miller on Cities and Climate Change
Wed, Jan. 11 | Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Avenue | 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Join Green 13 and guest speaker David Miller, President and CEO of WWF Canada, for a presentation and discussion on the lead role cities are playing. Just back from Mexico City, where he was Chair of the Jury selecting the winners of the C40 Cities Awards, David will share the latest news on the most innovative, creative and exciting projects tackling climate change in cities around the world. (Learn More)

Heritage Talk
Thurs, Jan. 12 | Lambton House | 6:30 pm

R. B. Fleming kicks off the 2017 Heritage Talk series. The topic is Sir W.P. Howland – An important voice in the making of Canada. Fleming discusses this American Father of Confederation and former owner of the Lambton House. (Learn More)

Certified E-Waste Collection Event
Sat, Jan. 21 | Annette Library | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Bring old computers, phones, and other broken or unused electronics for safe disposal. Co-sponsored by Green 13. (Learn More)

She Won’t Be Silenced with Author Lisa Freeman
Sat, Jan. 21 | Annette Library | 3:00 – 4:00 pm

For the past twenty-one years, Lisa has put the trauma of her father’s brutal murder behind her and has built a happy, stable life for herself. One day, she receives a letter from the Parole Board of Canada and learns that her father’s killer, despite a sentence of life imprisonment, has started the parole process well before he reached the twenty-five-year eligibility mark. Author Lisa Freeman will be talking about her book She Won’t Be Silenced, the trials and tribulations she faced with the Parole Board of Canada, and her experiences with writing a Victim Impact Statement and facing her father’s killer. (Learn More)

High Park Stewards 20th Anniversary
Sun, Jan. 22 | Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive | 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Volunteer Stewards have been working with the City of Toronto since 1996, to protect and restore the remaining natural areas of High Park including large areas of Savannah with Black Oak trees and related flora and fauna. During the spring, summer and fall Stewards plant, collect seeds, and remove invasive species from restoration sites. (Learn More)

Summer Camp Information Event
Sun, Jan. 22 | Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Avenue | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Meet with directors from many of Ontario’s finest children’s summer camps. (Learn More)

Writer Lawrence Hill delivers the Howcroft Lecture
Fri, Jan. 27 | Bishop Marrocco Thomas Merton High School | 7:30 pm

In a talk entitled “Faction: a novelist uses fact and fiction to explore injustice”, Hill will discuss refugees, slavery, migration, freedom, and human rights.  With readings from his books The Book of Negroes and The Illegal. (Learn More)

Recurring events in the Junction Area

Tea Time at the Inn
Sundays | Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W. | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Special weekly tea in our community room. Choice of sweet or savoury plate, with a seasonal feature. $7.00 plus HST. No reservation required. (Learn More)

Market Days at Mongomery’s Inn
Every Wednesday | Montgomery’s Inn | 2:00 – 6:00 pm

Get fresh-baked bread, cheese, meats, and produce at this weekly farmers market. Museum tours are free during market hours. (Learn More)
Fret Not Ukulele Night
Thurs, Jan. 5 | Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W | 6:00-9:00 pm.

Come and sing, laugh and make music at this monthly ukulele gathering with Doctor of Music instructor Chris Wilson. Beginners welcome! Bring your use or borrow one from the host. Fee may apply.  Repeats on the first Thursday of every month. (Learn More)

Pub Night @ Lambton House
Fri, Jan. 6 | Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. | Doors at 6:00 pm, Music at 8:00

Featuring Shaolin Pilots. Repeats monthly except February, July, August. (Click for Details)

High Park Walks
First and third Sundays | 10:30 am-12 noon

Note special dates for January. Meet at the benches, across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of High Park. All ages welcome. Dogs on leash only, please.  (Learn More)

  • Jan. 8: Hiders, Hibernators and Hightailers – Naturalist, outdoors-man and nature photographer Pat Parent shows how the park and its plant, bird and animal residents make it through the winter.
  • Jan. 22: Winter Ramble Toronto – Field Naturalists’ Joanne Doucette leads an exploration of the park’s winter landscape, searching out areas of particular natural interest.

Employment Workshops
Wed, Jan 18 & 25 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

For youth ages 15-29. Hosted by the Learning Enrichment Foundation. Registration required. Please call 416-394-1014 for more information and to register.

  • Jan 18: Career and Your Transferable Skills. This workshop will help you to identify your skills, interests and career options and gain a deeper understanding of your personality and values. Make a career decision and plan your future. (Learn More)
  • Jan 25: How to write a resumé and a cover letter. This workshop will help you understand the different styles of resumes, what you should include on a resume to get an employer’s attention, capture their interest, promote your most desirable skills and motivate them to take action by inviting you to an interview. (Learn More)

Junction Reads & Writes
Sun, Jan. 22 | Famous Last Words, 392 Pacific Ave. | 5:00 pm

Marg Nowaczyk, Stephen Thomas, Valerie Mills Milde, Anil Kamal and Jane Ozkowski are featured at this monthly prose reading series. Note the new location. (Learn More)

Thirsty Thursdays
Thurs, Jan. 26 | Montgomery’s Inn | 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Held on the last Thursday of every month, this event offers live traditional music, beverages and stew by firelight in the Inn’s restored 1847 barroom. (Learn More)

 

Events for Teens

The Space – Youth Drop In
Every Monday | St. John’s Anglican Church, 288 Humberside Ave. | 3:00 – 6:00 pm.

Weekly drop-in program for area youth. Check website for more details. Program resumes January 9, 2017. (Learn More)

 

Events for Children and Families

Holiday Bingo
Wed, Jan. 4 | Runnymede Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Play holiday bingo and win prizes. For kids 6-12. (Learn More)

Winter Break Film Screening
Wed, Jan. 4 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Watch Polar Express (rated G). (Learn More)

Mini Scientists Storytime
Fri, Jan. 6 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 3:00 – 5:00 pm

A STEM-inspired story time for kids ages 3-5, with their caregivers. (Learn More)

I Want My Hat Back Fun & Games
Sat, Jan. 7 | Runnymede Library | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kick off Family Literacy Month with craft & game tie-ins to the Jon Klassen trilogy, “I Want My Hat Back,” “This is Not My Hat,” & “We Found a Hat.” This family-friendly program is suitable for ages 4 & up. Drop-in, no registration required. (Learn More)

Afternoon at the Movies
Fri, Jan. 20 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Looking for something to do on your P.A. Day? Come and watch “Finding Dory”. This movie is rated G. (Learn More)

Family Nature Walks
Sat, Jan. 21 | Meet at High Park Nature Centre 375 Colborne Lodge Dr. | 1:30 – 3:00 pm

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. Suggested donation $2-$5. (Learn More)

Family Literacy Day with Elephant and Piggie
Sat, Jan. 21 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Share the joy of reading with the whole family and our literary friends, Elephant and Piggie. For children ages 3 & up. (Learn More)

Winter Fun Day
Sun, Jan. 22 | Colborne Lodge, High Park | 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Fun, wintery activities for the whole family at Colborne Lodge. Roast marshmallows and sip warm cider in the great outdoors. Make a bird feeder in the Coach House. Pull delicious taffy in the historic kitchens. Go for an interactive exploration of the historic house. Dress warmly as many activities are outside. Visiting the grounds is free, there will be small fees for some activities. Exploring the historic house is pay-what-you-wish. (Learn More)

Game Night (part of Family Literacy Month)
Mon, Jan. 23 | Annette Library | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Drop in and play literacy-promoting board games like UpWords and Scrabble. Have fun, try something new, and get your game face on! No registration required. (Learn More)

Storytime and Craft (part of Family Literacy Month)
Sat, Jan. 23 | Annette Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

January 28 is Family Literacy Day in Canada. Celebrate with a special storytime program, and make a craft to take home. For children 0-6 years old with their parents or caregivers. No registration required. (Learn More)

Barbara Reid-inspired Playdough Craft (part of Family Literacy Month)
Sat, Jan. 28 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Reading together as a family is FUN! Celebrate family literacy month by making your own playdough and creating a Barbara Reid inspired scene. All ages. Younger children will need parental support to read/measure and make the playdough. (Learn More)

Recurring events for children and families

Scotiabank After School Opera Program: Mondays at Montgomery’s Inn, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Montgomery’s Inn is the newest location of the COC’s Scotiabank After School Opera Program for children ages 7 to 12. Under the guidance of the lead artist, a program assistant and special guests, children explore opera through singing, composing and drama. This fun and unique program develops children’s performance and music skills while nurturing their self-confidence. Friends and family are invited to attend a celebratory performance on the final day. Program runes from January 9 to March 6.

Preschool Time: Tuesdays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Stories, songs, rhymes and crafts for children age 3 – 5 years with their parents or caregivers. No registration required. Note: First session of 2017 will be Tuesday, January 10.

Toddler Time: Wednesdays at Annette Street Library, from 10:30 -11:00 am. Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and more for toddlers 19-35 months and their parents/caregivers. Drop in. No registration required. Program resumes Jan. 11, 2017.

Toddler Time: Wednesdays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and more for toddlers 19-35 months and their parents/caregivers. Drop in. No registration required. Program resumes Jan. 11, 2017.

XBOX Kinect Gaming Zone: Wednesdays at Annette Library, from 3:30 – 5:15 pm. After School Club for ages 8-13 years old. Test your XBOX Kinect gaming skills against other kids. Try fun & active games that you control with your entire body. Bring friends. No registration required. For more info call 416-393-7692 or drop by the library. Program resumes Jan. 13, 2017.

Baby Time: Fridays at Annette Library, from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Program for birth-18 months, includes bouncing and tickling rhymes, songs and stories for babies with their parents and caregivers. No registration required. Program resumes Jan 13, 2017.

Baby Time: Fridays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Program for birth-18 months, includes bouncing and tickling rhymes, songs and stories for babies with their parents and caregivers. No registration required. Program resumes Jan 13, 2017.

Living and Learning with Baby: Fridays beginning January 20 at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. This is a FREE parenting program provided by Toronto Public Health for parents with infants aged 6 weeks to 6 months. Topics covered: adjusting to parenthood, infant nutrition, growth and development, caring for a sick child, keeping your child safe and community resources. Please register by calling 416-338-7600.

TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club: Every Saturday beginning Jan. 28 at Annette Library, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Shakespeare in Action’s TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club is a FREE readers’ theatre program for children ages 7-12. Led by professional actors and educators, kids will explore one to three plays from The Comedy of Errors, Henry IV, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Twelfth Night. It’s a world of ghosts, magic, silly mix-ups, and swordplay! Children read aloud, play drama games, build confidence,and make friends with other Shakespeare fans. The program runs over six consecutive Saturdays. Please register in person at the branch starting January 7th.

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

 

Clubs in the Junction Area

Digital Camera Club: Bring your camera, pictures and videos (bring yours on a thumb drive). Questions and answers. Guest speakers. Tutorials: how to take photos and video. Camera settings explained. Outings: shooting in the field – like High Park. Questions: 416-604-3359. Next meeting: Tues. Jan, 17 at Annette Library, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

High Park Natural Environment Committee: The NEC advises the City of Toronto on the protection and restoration of the natural features of High Park. Next meeting: Wed, Jan 11 at High Park Nature Centre, 6:45 pm.

High Park Speakers (Toastmasters): Meets Thursdays from 6:15-8:00 pm, at Annette Library, downstairs.  Guests are welcome at 6:05 for orientation.

Junction Residents Association: Representing residents living between Keele, Humberside/ Quebec/ Annette, Runnymede, and south of the railroad tracks. Membership in the JRA is just $10.

Junction Seniors: Meets Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 am at Agora Cafe (3015 Dundas St. W.) and Fridays 2:00-3:00 pm at Pascal’s (2904 Dundas St. W.).

Parkdale- High Park Rotary Club: Meets Thurs. mornings, Grenadier Café in the heart of High Park, 7:30 am. The Rotary Club of Parkdale-High Park is one of 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and regions, forming a network of community service around the world. We are a welcoming, friendly and fun-loving group of men and women from different backgrounds, age groups, cultures and occupations.  If you want to be part of a global network of community volunteers, then Rotary is for you. Breakfast is available for $3.99.

Runnymede Public Library book clubs:
Please contact library to confirm dates after mid-January, due to upcoming renovations.

  • Kidlit Book Club (for adults), 6:30 – 7:45 pm. Mon, Jan. 9.

Scottish Country Dancing Group: Meets Wednesday evenings at Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Road, 7:15-9:15 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early. 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, Roncesvalles United Church, 240 Roncesvalles Ave. 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.

Swansea Horticultural Society: Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor). Meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. For more information, call Beverly Donnelly, 416-766-8852.

Toronto Debating SocietyAlternate Tuesdays, Swansea Town Hall, 7:30-9:30 pm.  A group of people interested in words, ideas & the power of quick thinking. This non-profit public community organization meets from Sep. to May.  Attendance is always free.

  • Tues, Jan. 10: The American Dream is overrated
  • Tues, Jan. 24: Capitalism has run its course

Toronto Marine Historical Society: The Toronto Marine Historical Society was founded about 50 years ago and is still going strong. Its function is to research and record the history of commercial vessels that plied the Great Lakes and adjacent waters in years past and in the present. The focus is on cargo ships of all kinds, passenger vessels, tugboats, and indeed anything that could float and had a commercial purpose. The highlight of each meeting is an illustrated presentation that deals with an aspect of Great Lakes shipping. Meets the first Saturday of Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec at Swansea Town Hall, 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Next meeting: Saturday, Jan. 7.

Toronto Swing Dance Society: Meets monthly on Fridays at Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W from 7:30 pm to midnight. Monthly dances for all ages.  No experience or partner needed. $10 fee/ $5 for members. Next meeting: January 20.

West Toronto Masonic Temple: The West Toronto Masonic Temple was built in 1908 by 3 local Masonic groups: Stanley Lodge, Victoria Lodge and Shekinah Chapter. Their members consisted of many of the Railway workers, local merchants and Government leaders of the community.  Notable members were the Heintzman brothers (of piano fame), James Ellis (prominent local architect) and GW Clendenan.  Prior to 1908, the members met at Kilburn Hall at Dundas and Heintzman.  Today there are 12 Masonic groups that hold their meeting at the building. The ground floor is a banquet faciility used by members and the community.  Masons are a fraternity with roots in England circa 1720.  To become a member, tour the building or use the banquet room contact John Breakey (john.breakey@fivel.ca).

West Toronto Junction Historical Society: A volunteer organization formed by a group of local residents to learn about and preserve the history of the Junction, and to get involved in local planning issues.

Your Next Read Book Club: Meets the first Wednesday of each month at Jane/ Dundas Library at 7:00 pm. Copies of the book are available to borrow starting one month prior to each club meeting. Next meeting: Wed. Jan, 4.


The JRA newsletter is mailed once a month (usually on the last day of the month). To subscribe to these emails, send name, email, and address to newsletter@junctionra.ca. To have events listed, email newsletter@junctionra.ca, or add us to your mailing list.

JRA News and Events – December 2016

Now accepting applications from nonprofits to benefit from Function in the Junction 2017
Organizing has begun for our next Function in the Junction, the annual JRA fundraiser to benefit a local nonprofit. It’s a fun night when residents and businesses come together to support a good cause, meet neighbours and have a great time. The JRA is looking for local nonprofits or similar organizations who are interested in being the beneficiary of this happening spring event. There is an application process, at the end of which one organization will be chosen.  Please email info@junctionra.ca for more info.  Deadline for final applications: Dec. 16.

News

The Runnymede Library repairs will begin in the new year.  Click here for more information.

Upcoming Events in the Junction Area

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

Public Meeting about Montgomery’s Inn
Thurs. Dec. 1 | Montgomery’s Inn | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Inn invites all its friends, supporters and members of the public to a public meeting about two Montgomery’s Inn building projects scheduled for 2017. The projects aim to improve the visitor experience by refreshing the interpretation of the historic Inn (including addressing issues with the building fabric) and opening up the main entrance so that it creates a more welcoming and easy-to-navigate space. The architects have created detailed plans, which have been reviewed and approved. The Inn hopes that members of the community will be able to join them and learn more about how these projects may balance the long-term preservation of this designated heritage site with its function as flexible venue best serving the needs of the community. Light refreshments will be served.  (Click for Details)

West Toronto Junction Historical Society Holiday Celebration
Thurs. Dec. 1 | Lambton House | Doors: 6:30 pm, Auction: 8:00 pm, Presentation: 8:30 pm

WTJHS invites the public to join them for a special meeting to be held at the historic Lambton House. The guest speaker Daniel R. Laxer will discuss the music of the fur trade in a historic hotel tavern room in a presentation entitled “To strengthen peace:” music and dance in the Canadian fur trade (1750 – 1850). Enjoy  the opportunity to raise money for the WTJHS at its Holiday Season Charity Auction. (Click for Details)

7th Annual Holiday Gingerbread Party
Sat. Dec. 3 | Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. West | 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Junction Project’s annual family Gingerbread Build and festive fundraiser. Doors open at 4:00 pm for gingerbread decorating. Pre-built houses will be provided so you can decorate with icing, candies and treats. Tickets start at $20 to decorate a gingerbread house. Entry is $2 without the house. Come any time. (Click for Details)

High Park Christmas Celebrations
Sun. Dec. 4 | Grenadier Restaurant Patio and High Park Zoo | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This event is always lots of fun for children and families! Meet Santa from 2-3pm as he checks his reindeer in the High Park Zoo with the Friends of the High Park Zoo. Try hot chocolate and cookies, face painting and a raffle, marshmallow roast, decoration-making. Santa returns to the Grenadier Restaurant Patio from 4-5 pm. Sing along with “The Withnells” from 4:15 – 4:45pm. Tree lighting at 5 pm. (Click for Details)

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – Dramatic Reading
Sun. Dec. 4 | Runnymede United Church | 7:00 pm

You won’t want to miss this exciting yearly event, held at Runnymede United Church. This year features readings by: Gillian Deacon, Jeff Douglas, Ben Heppner, Susan Ormiston, Nancy Palk, RH Thomson and Lisa Horner! Tickets are $25. Proceeds to The Stop Community Food Centre. (Click for Details)

Artist talk and gallery tour with a cup of coffee
Sun. Dec. 4 | Zalucky Contemporary | 3044 Dundas St. W | 11 am
Meet at the gallery for a 15-minute casual talk about the current exhibition Press Play, which presents new work by Toronto-based sound artist Christof Migone. All local Junction-area residents are welcome, and morning coffee/snacks will be served. RSVP to info@zaluckycontemporary.com(Click for Details)

Santa in the Junction
Sun. Dec. 4 | Junction Train Platform | 11:00 am
The Junction BIA’s annual Santa in the Junction is back again. Join them for a full day of Christmas themed activities. Major attractions include  a visit from Santa and his elves at the Junction Train Platform, the street-wide market theme spanning Dundas St W from Indian Grove to Quebec Ave, holiday tales by Mrs. Claus, performances by Creative Children’s Dance Centre, live holiday music and workshops. Don’t forget to post holiday photos for the Santa in the Junction photo contest! Use the hashtag #SantaInTheJunction. (Click for Details)

Holiday Farmers’ Market & Gift Sale
Wed. Dec. 7 | Montgomery’s Inn | 2:00 – 7:00 pm

Artists and artisans join the regular farmers’ market vendors for a special holiday event. Shop for foodie gifts and seasonal treats in a lovely historic setting, open an hour longer than usual. You’ll find fresh bread from the Inn’s bake oven, preserves, local winter vegetables, sweets, prepared foods, ethically raised meats, cheese, eggs, dried fruit, nuts, honey and wine while enjoying festive seasonal music. Cozy up to a roaring fire while sipping a hot mulled apple cider and gingerbread. (Click for Details)

In Partnership with the Sun: Stained Glass at St. Olave’s Church
Wed. Dec. 7 | Swansea Town Hall | 7:30 pm.

Join speakers Sarah Hall and Craig Douglas for an illustrated talk on the church windows presented by the Swansea Historical Society. Craig Douglas is a member of St. Olave’s Church in Swansea, and also a veteran variety entertainer and educator. Sarah Hall is a distinguished Canadian stained-glass artist, with many spectacular installations to her credit, in Toronto and elsewhere. Craig and Sarah will team up to present an illustrated talk about twelve of the glorious windows of St. Olave’s Church that were specially designed and created for the parish church by the talented and renowned Canadian artist Yvonne Williams (1901-1997). Light refreshments. (Click for details)

Salute to a Medieval Christmas
Thurs. Dec. 8 | 7:15 – 9:30 pm
The first stop on this pop-up tour will be David’s Tea. Stave off the winter chill with a delicious tea tasting. Then head across the street to the Toronto Consort to  hear selections from their upcoming show, A Medieval Christmas, and find out more about the medieval, renaissance and early baroque music ensemble. Following this, pop over to Famoso restaurant for a tasting experience, to cap the evening off. What a perfect way to get in the holiday mood! Tour costs $30/person. (Click for details)

Lambton House Carol Singing
Fri. Dec. 9 | 4066 Old Dundas Street | 7:00 pm

Lambton House’s annual carol sing. A goodwill offering is appreciated. (Click for details)

Blood Donor Clinic
Fri. Dec. 16 | Annette Community Recreation Centre, 333 Annette S | 3:00 – 7:00 pm

Canadian Blood Services is holding a blood donation drive in the Junction. (Click for details)

Events for Teens

The Space – Youth Drop In
Every Monday | St. John’s Anglican Church, 288 Humberside Ave. | 3:00 – 6:00 pm.

Weekly drop-in program for area youth. Check website for more details. Not open December 26, 2016. (Learn More)

Poetry Saved Our Lives
Every Monday | Jane Library, 620 Jane St. | 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Join award winning spoken word champion, Ian Keteku, as he leads a spoken word workshop this fall. The workshop will provide youth with mentorship and artistic development opportunities, while allowing them to showcase their artistic poetic talent and develop their leadership skills. Come out and work with some of the finest young poets the city has to offer, and showcase your talent. Check website for details for December 26. (Learn More)

Events for Children and Families

Afternoon at the Movies
Fri. Dec 02 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Looking for something to do on your P.A. Day? Come and watch a fun movie at the library! They will be watching “The Angry Birds Movie”. This movie is rated G. No registration required. Groups must call ahead to check space availability. (Click for Details)

Colour All the Libraries in Toronto
Wed. Dec. 7, 16 | Runnymede Public Library | 7:00  – 8:00 pm

Come and hear stories about the city’s unique neighbourhoods and architecture. Daniel Rotsztain, the Urban Geographer, visited every public library in Toronto and illustrated their exteriors. Colour along while Daniel shares his experience of exploring Toronto. Everybody’s welcome. Book signing to follow (Click for Details).

Holiday Paper Arts
Wed. Dec. 14 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Take simple paper and colour, fold, and cut into amazing holiday decor. Jo-Ann shares her secrets for delightful paper creations. Registration required. Please register in branch or call 416-394-1014. (Click for details)

Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Sat. Dec. 17 | High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colborne Lodge Dr. | 8:00 – 9:30 am

Help count the birds of High Park. There will be an indoor introduction to teach you about the winter birds in High Park, some rare birds you should look for, and how to use binoculars. Then head out onto the trails! Groups will be led by experienced birders. Data will be submitted through eBird to the Christmas Bird Count 4 Kids program and will help bird conservation efforts. A $2-$5 donation per person is recommended. (Click here to pre-register)

The Elves and the Shoemaker Puppet Show
Sat. Dec. 17 | Runnymede Public Library | 11:00 – 11:30 am

See a puppetry rendition of the classic tale, “The Elves and the Shoemaker.” For children ages 4 and up. No registration required. (Click for details)

Decorate a Tree for the Birds
Sat. Dec. 17 & Sun. Dec. 18 | High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colborne Lodge Dr. | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 – 3:00 pm both days

Help decorate an evergreen tree in High Park with handmade pine cone bird feeders and edible garlands for the birds. Hike through the woods and learn how to feed chickadees from the palm of your hand, search the skies for soaring hawks and discover how birds like cardinals, nuthatches and woodpeckers survive the winter. Children under 3 are free. Others: $8.50. (Click for details)

LEGO Fun
Wed. Dec. 28 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Bring your friends and complete a variety of different LEGO challenges. For children ages 4 and up. Drop in only. (Click for details)

Kusudama Flower Ball
Wed. Dec. 28 | Runnymede Public Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Join the library for an origami afternoon and learn to make a Kusudama Flower Ball. This program is for ages 6-12. Drop-in program, no registration required. (Click for details)

Gaming Friday
Fri. Dec. 30 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Drop in with your friends and play a variety of board and video games. Drop in only. (Click for details)

New Year’s At Noon
Sat. Dec. 31 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Can’t stay up till midnight to ring in the New Year? Join the library for a countdown instead and celebrate New Year’s at Noon! For children ages 3 and up with their parents or caregivers. Drop in only. (Click for details)

Recurring events for children and families

Preschool Time: Tuesdays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Stories, songs, rhymes and crafts for children age 3 – 5 years with their parents or caregivers. No registration required. There will be no program Dec. 20, Dec. 27.
Toddler Time: Wednesdays at Annette Street Library, from 10:30 -11:00 am. Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and more for toddlers 19-35 months and their parents/caregivers. Drop in. No registration required. There will be no programs Dec 21 – Jan 6. Program resumes Jan. 9, 2017.

Toddler Time: Wednesdays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 9:30 – 10:00 am. Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and more for toddlers 19-35 months and their parents/caregivers. Drop in. No registration required. There will be no programs Dec 21 – Jan 6. Program resumes Jan. 9, 2017.

XBOX Kinect Gaming Zone: Wednesdays at Annette Library, from 3:30 – 5:15 pm. After School Club for ages 8-13 years old. Test your XBOX Kinect gaming skills against other kids. Try fun & active games that you control with your entire body. Bring friends. No registration required. For more info call 416-393-7692 or drop by the library. No program Dec 28.

Baby Time: Fridays at Annette Library, from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Program for birth-18 months, includes bouncing and tickling rhymes, songs and stories for babies with their parents and caregivers. No registration required. There will be no Baby Time programs taking place Dec 21-Jan 6. The program will resume the week of Jan 9, 2017.

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

Recurring Events in the Junction Area

Christmas at Colborne Lodge
On through Jan. 6 | Colborne Lodge, 11 Colborne Lodge Dr.

Warm up by the hearth at Colborne Lodge and take in the sights and aromas of a Victorian Christmas. Enjoy the natural greenery that decorates the house, toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and nibble on special holiday treats. The Lodge is nestled at the south end of High Park. Tuesdays to Sundays, Noon to 4 p.m.  December 24 and 31, Noon to 3 p.m. Closed Mondays, Dec 25, 26 and Jan 1.  Adults $7.08, Seniors/Youths $4.42, Children $4.25 (plus tax). (Click for Details)

Fret Not Ukulele Night
Thurs, Dec. 1 | Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W | 6:00-9:00 pm.

Come and sing, laugh and make music at this monthly ukulele gathering with Doctor of Music instructor Chris Wilson. Beginners welcome! Bring your use or borrow one from the host. Fee may apply.  Repeats on the first Thursday of every month. (Learn More)

Constituency Hours
Twice monthly | Annette Library

Councillor Doucette holds local constituency hours in libraries throughout the ward, by appointment only. Please call 416-392-4072 to make arrangements. (Click for Details)

  • Friday, Dec.  2, 3:30pm 5:30pm
  • Friday, Dec. 16, 2:45pm 4:45pm

Pub Night @ Lambton House
Fri. Dec. 2 | Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. | Doors at 6:00 pm, Music at 8:00

Featuring John and Julie Dorsey. Repeats monthly. (Click for Details)

Shop the Junction
Sat. Dec 4 to Dec. 11
A week-long shopping extravaganza. Look out for special “Shop the Junction” decals in the windows of all participating businesses. (Click for Details)

High Park Walks
First and third Sundays | 10:30 am-12 noon

Meet at the benches, across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of High Park. All ages welcome. Dogs on leash only, please.  (Learn More)

  • Sun, Dec. 4: High Park Through the Ages with Dave Berndorff.
  • Sun, Dec. 18: Holiday Hike to Colborne Lodge.

Tea Time at the Inn
Sundays | Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W. | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Special weekly tea in our community room. Choice of sweet or savoury plate, with a seasonal feature. $7.00 plus HST. No reservation required. (Learn More)

Free Community Yoga Class
Mondays | Annette Library | 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Join Caitlin every Monday evening from 6-7pm for a free one hour community yoga class. This class is designed for all levels beginner and advanced practitioners alike. All you need is a mat, water bottle and an open mind! No registration required. Repeats: Mon Dec 05, Mon Dec 12, Mon Dec 19. (Click for Details)

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. (Learn More)

Academy of Realist Art’s Annual Christmas Open House and Sale
Sat. Dec. 10 – Jan. 2 | 2968 Dundas Street West, 2nd Floor | 2:00 – 9:00 pm

The Academy of Realist Art is one of a rare group of North American academies dedicated to teaching classical art training using the techniques of the 19th century ateliers. This will be a unique opportunity for the public to step inside the normally private studios and see the high calibre of work being done by students; meet the new generation of rising stars in the realist art community; and participate in a silent auction. Hosted by the Academy President Colleen Johnston and Director and Senior Instructor Fernando Freitas, as well as teaching staff and students. (Click for Details)

Movie Night
Tues, Dec. 20. | Runnymede Library, 2178 Bloor Street W | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Free screenings of the great movies presented by Risa Shuman, former Senior Producer of TVOntario’s Saturday Night at the Movies. (Learn More)

 

Clubs in the Junction Area

Digital Camera Club: Bring your camera, pictures and videos (bring yours on a thumb drive). Questions and answers. Guest speakers. Tutorials: how to take photos and video. Camera settings explained. Outings: shooting in the field – like High Park. Questions: 416-604-3359. Next meeting: Tuesday Dec 20 at Annette Library, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

High Park Speakers (Toastmasters): Meets Thursdays from 6:15-8:00 pm, at Annette Library, downstairs.  Guests are welcome at 6:05 for orientation.

Junction Residents Association: Representing residents living between Keele, Humberside/ Quebec/ Annette, Runnymede, and south of the railroad tracks. Membership in the JRA is just $10.

Junction Seniors: Meets Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 am at Agora Cafe (3015 Dundas St. W.) and Fridays 2:00-3:00 pm at Pascal’s (2904 Dundas St. W.).

Parkdale- High Park Rotary Club: Meets Thurs. mornings, Grenadier Café in the heart of High Park, 7:30 am. The Rotary Club of Parkdale-High Park is one of 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and regions, forming a network of community service around the world. We are a welcoming, friendly and fun-loving group of men and women from different backgrounds, age groups, cultures and occupations.  If you want to be part of a global network of community volunteers, then Rotary is for you. Breakfast is available for $3.99.
Runnymede Public Library book clubs:
Please contact library to confirm dates after mid-November, due to upcoming renovations.

  • Polish Book Club, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Mon, Dec 19.
  • Afternoon Book Club, 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Mon, Dec. 12.
  • Evening Book Club, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Tue Dec 06. Call (416) 393-7697 to register.

Saturday Morning Knitting Club: Sat. mornings, Annette Street Library, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. All are welcome to knit in a group setting. Make new friends and share knitting tricks and techniques. Bring your own needles and wool. Limited instruction by group members. Dec 3, 10, and 17.

Scottish Country Dancing Group: Meets Wednesday evenings at Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Road, 7:15-9:15 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early. 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, Roncesvalles United Church, 240 Roncesvalles Ave. 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.

Swansea Horticultural Society: Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor). Annual potluck dinner is Dec. 14. 5:30 – 9:00 pm. For more information, call Beverly Donnelly, 416-766-8852.

Toronto Debating SocietyAlternate Tuesdays, Swansea Town Hall, 7:30-9:30 pm.  A group of people interested in words, ideas & the power of quick thinking. This non-profit public community organization meets from Sep. to May.  Attendance is always free.

  • Tues, Dec. 6: Bottled water
  • Tues, Dec. 20: Workplace walls

Toronto Marine Historical Society: The Toronto Marine Historical Society was founded about 50 years ago and is still going strong. Its function is to research and record the history of commercial vessels that plied the Great Lakes and adjacent waters in years past and in the present. The focus is on cargo ships of all kinds, passenger vessels, tugboats, and indeed anything that could float and had a commercial purpose. The highlight of each meeting is an illustrated presentation that deals with an aspect of Great Lakes shipping. Meets the first Saturday of Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec at Swansea Town Hall, 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Next meeting: Saturday, Dec. 3. Topic: Icebreaking

Toronto Swing Dance Society: Meets monthly on Fridays at Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W from 7:30 pm to midnight. Monthly dances for all ages.  No experience or partner needed. $10 fee/ $5 for members. Dec. 15, 2016.

West Toronto Junction Historical Society: A volunteer organization formed by a group of local residents to learn about and preserve the history of the Junction, and to get involved in local planning issues. Next meeting: Dec. 1.

 

November Events – Updates

Gallery tour… with a cup of coffee!

Sat Nov. 19 @ 11am

Meet at Zalucky Contemporary Gallery (3044 Dundas Street West) for a 15-minute casual talk about the current exhibition Curbside, which presents new work by Toronto-based artist Laura Moore. All local Junction-area residents are welcome, and morning coffee/snacks will be served! Please RSVP to info@zaluckycontemporary.com

JRA e-newsletter – November 2016

BE ACTIVE IN YOUR ‘HOOD’: Join the JRA executive!
The Junction Residents Association is  looking for a few new people to join the JRA executive.  Want to be part of a group of fellow Junction-lovers who are committed to helping foster a supportive and engaged community?  Have a particular skill set or background you’d like to use to engage others in the ‘hood?  You must live within the JRA boundaries to apply.  Current or new JRA members are welcome. We will present all candidates (current executive members and new applicants) at the JRA annual general meeting on Nov. 10, 2016. Please send your expression of interest to the JRA by Nov. 5, 6 pm.  To apply or for more details, drop us a line at info@junctionra.ca.

JRA’s Annual General Meeting, Thurs., Nov. 10.
Join us from 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W. If you cannot attend this meeting in person, we stream video of the meeting in real-time. To watch it live on your computer, go to www.junctionra.ca/jra-tv.  There is a facility for asking questions remotely.

JRA now accepting applications from nonprofits to benefit from Function in the Junction 2017
Organizing has begun for our next Function in the Junction, the annual JRA fundraiser to benefit a local nonprofit.  It’s a fun night when residents and businesses come together to support a good cause, meet neighbours and have a great time. The JRA is looking for local nonprofits or similar organizations who are interested in being the beneficiary of this happening spring event. There is an application process, at the end of which one organization will be chosen.  Please email info@junctionra.ca for more info.  Deadline for final applications: Dec. 16.


News

Councillor Doucette will be holding Constituency Hours at Annette Library on Friday, Nov 4 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm and Friday, Nov 18 from 2:45 – 4:45 pm. By appointment only. Please call 416-392-4072 to make arrangements.

The Runnymede Library closes for repairs in mid-November. The library at 2178 Bloor St. West will be closing for four to five months to allow for interior alterations. Click here for more information.

 

Upcoming Events in the Junction Area

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

Vine Park Pumpkin Parade: Tues, Nov. 1. Vine Avenue Parkette. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Give your gourds one more chance to shine! Bring your peeps and your pumpkins to Vine Park on November 1st and add it to the ever-growing, ever-winding path of carved creations. All are welcome – spread the word! (Learn More)

Going Mobile: An Introduction to Smartphones and Tablets: Tues, Nov. 1. Annette Library, 145 Annette St. 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Cell phone, mobile phone, smartphone or tablet? Mobile data, Wi-Fi, streaming or downloading? Confused? This workshop will help you understand the language of mobile devices and networks. Learn about types of smartphones, apps and connections, and what makes sense for you! (Learn More)

Fading Histories, a talk by Dave Cook: Wed, Nov. 2. Swansea Town Hall. 7:30 pm. The Swansea Historical Society member, author, and story-teller will return after almost four years with more of his fascinating “Fading History” stories about various events centred around Toronto’s western suburbs during the mid-1900s. (Learn More)

Fur Trade Music, a talk by Daniel Laxter: Thurs, Nov. 3. Annette Library. 7:30 pm. The West Toronto Junction Historical Society presents Daniel Laxter on “Fur Trade Music.” University of Toronto musicologist Daniel Laxter will discuss and perform music from the period before Confederation. (Learn More)

Winterizing your Home: Tue, Nov. 8. Annette Library, 145 Annette St. 6:30 pm. In this interactive presentation, guest speaker Greg Labbé of BlueGreen Group will talk about ways you can get your home ready for winter. With a balance of theory and practice, he’ll cover the elements owners of typical Junction/High Park homes should focus on to lower energy costs for the winter and make their living space more comfortable. From attics to basement floors, he’ll cover both quick fixes and more involved projects. Part of the Fragile Planet Series. (Learn More)

Holocaust Survivor Speaker Faigie Libman: Wed, Nov. 9. Annette Library, 145 Annette St. 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Hear Faigie (Schmidt) Libman’s story of strength, courage and survival. Faigie Libman was born in Kovno, Lithuania, in 1934, an only child. In 1941, she and her family were forced into the Kovno Ghetto. When the ghetto was liquidated in 1944, her father was taken to Dachau, where he perished. Faigie and her mother were transferred – first to Stutthof, then to three slave labour camps – before they were liberated by the Soviet Army. They immigrated to Canada in 1948. Presented by the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre for Holocaust Education Week. (Learn More)

Heritage Talk on Canada and the Great War 1916: Thurs, Nov. 10. Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm. A Heritage Talk with John Beram “Canada and the Great War 1916” about the devastating battles that shocked the world and the Toronto men who were there. Refreshments. A goodwill donation is appreciated, but not required. Doors open at 7:00pm. (Learn More)

Swansea Town Hall Remembrance Day Ceremony and Reception: Fri, Nov. 11. 10:15 am. Commemoration of the men of Swansea who gave their lives in World War I and for whom the Swansea Memorial Library was created. All those who served in wars and peacekeeping missions and those who have sacrificed themselves for Canada will be honoured. Seating from 10:15 to 10:40 am, Service starts at 10:45 am. (Learn More)

Vegetarians of High Park Dinner: Fri, Nov. 11. Friendly Thai, 3032 Dundas Street West. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Did you know the Junction’s Friendly Thai can make almost any dish on their menu vegan? For this special night though, they’ll have a vegan menu prepared just for our group! You pay for your order. RSVP required by Monday, November 7th to highpark@veg.ca. Space is limited. (Learn More)

35th Annual Bloor West Village Arts and Crafts Show and Sale: Sat, Nov. 12. Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede. 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Over 80 craftspeople and artisans are participating with unique gifts, clothing, woolens, and much more. This is a great place to start your Christmas shopping and see a wide range of unique handmade items. Admission is only $3.00. (Learn More) 

Holocaust Education Week Speaker Denise Hans: Mon, Nov. 14. Jane Library, 620 Jane St. 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. In honour of Holocaust Education Week and in partnership with the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, Denise Hans will be speaking about her personal experiences during the Holocaust. Denise Hans was born in Paris, France, in 1938. In 1942, after her father, aunt and uncle were taken from her home and murdered, her mother sought places to hide her six children and two nieces. Denise was hidden twice with farmers and then in a convent. She and two sisters stayed there until 1948, when they were reunited with their mother and siblings. Denise immigrated to Canada in 1956. For more information please call 416-394-1014. (Learn More)

Authors in Conversation: Tues, Nov. 15. Annette Library, 145 Annette St. 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm. The stories, intrigue and other possibilities that underlie lives, cottages, history, and burlesque! With Lisa de Nikolits, John Oughton, Heather Babcock, Terri Favro and Rosemary McCracken. (Learn More) 

Bridge at the Inn: Fri, Nov. 18. Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W. 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Spend an afternoon at the Inn learning about its history and playing bridge. The afternoon will include a tour of the Inn, refreshments, and the opportunity to meet other bridge players. Admission: $17.70 per person plus tax (or $70.80 for a table). Pre-booking tables of four required; please bring your own deck of cards. Register at 416-394-8113. (Learn More)

Rail Safety & Emergency Preparedness Community Workshop: Sat, Nov. 19. Christie Gardens, 600 Melita Crescent. 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. An interactive workshop in which participants will discuss, explore, and identify any gaps in the level of preparedness for rail accidents in their community. Hosted by Safe Rail Communities and the the Dupont Christie Rail Safety Group. Presentation by City of Toronto, Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13), rail policy expert Greg Gormic. (Register here)

Stir-Up Sunday: Sun, Nov. 20. Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W. Witness a working 19th-century commercial kitchen when the Inn’s team of Historic Cooks in period costume presents an afternoon of cooking demonstrations that focus on traditional Christmas treats like shortbread, fruitcake, mincemeat and Twelfth-Cake according to authentic historic recipes and using antique equipment on the date traditionally set aside for holiday baking. Samples while supplies last! Admission: Free with regular admission to the Inn. (Learn More) 

Toussaint: Story and Song of the Dark Months: Sun, Nov. 20. Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W. 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Danceweavers presents an evening of Breton food, music and storytelling by the hearth, featuring storyteller Bruce Carmody and Emilyn Stam with Balfolk Toronto. The evening includes hot cider and a meal of white-bean soup from a kettle over the hearth, cheese, apples, whole-grain bread baked at the Inn, and a traditional Breton butter and buckwheat cake. Admission: $20 (show, general). $15 (show, students & seniors). $15 (meal). Pre-registration is recommended. 416-578-1031, danceweavers@gmail.com (Learn More) 

Events for Teens

The Space – Youth Drop In: Every Monday. St. John’s Anglican Church, 288 Humberside Ave.3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Weekly drop-in program for area youth. Check website for more details (Learn More)

Poetry Saved Our Lives: Every Monday. Jane Library, 620 Jane St. 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Join award winning spoken word champion, Ian Keteku, as he leads a spoken word workshop this fall. The workshop will provide youth with mentorship and artistic development opportunities, while allowing them to showcase their artistic poetic talent and develop their leadership skills. Come out and work with some of the finest young poets the city has to offer, and showcase your talent. (Learn More)

Events for Children and Families

Baby Sleep Seminar: Fri, Nov. 11. Jane Library, 620 Jane St. 11:00 am – 11:45 am. Join Triona Coakelin, Certified WeeSleep Consultant, at this one hour complimentary seminar where you will learn about baby and toddler sleep, the importance of sleep, the most common issues affecting sleep, and the top sleep strategies to help you and your family start getting the sleep you need and deserve! Drop in only. (Learn More)

MAP Family Saturdays: Black Creek Pioneer Village visits Annette St. branch: Sat, Nov. 12. Annette Library, 145 Annette St. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Learn how wool from a sheep becomes a sweater! Kids can try their hand at carding and spinning wool themselves. Call 416-393-7692 or visit the branch to register. Auditorium, lower level. Accessible by elevator. (Learn More)

Afternoon at the Movies: Fri, Nov. 18. Jane Library, 620 Jane St. 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Looking for something to do on your P.A. Day? Come and watch a fun movie at the library! We will be watching “The Emperor’s New Groove”. This movie is rated G. No registration required. Groups must call ahead to check space availability. (Learn More)

Recurring events for children and families

 

Toddler Time: Wednesdays at Annette Street Library, from 10:30 am-11:00 am. Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and more for toddlers 19-35 months and their parents/caregivers. Drop in. No registration required.

Swansea Town Hall Homework Club: Thursdays from Oct 20 – Dec 1, 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Swansea Town Hall’s Homework Club offers FREE tutoring and learning strategies for children in Grades 4 – 8. Register using the link above.

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

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

 

Recurring Events in the Junction Area

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. (Learn More)

Fret Not Ukulele Night: Thurs, Nov. 3. Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W, 6:00-9:00 pm. Come and sing, laugh and make music at this monthly ukulele gathering with Doctor of Music instructor Chris Wilson. Beginners welcome! Bring your use or borrow one from the host. Fee may apply.  Repeats on the first Thursday of every month.(Learn More)

The Junction Farmers Market: Saturdays, through Nov. 5 at the Junction Train Platform (2960 Dundas St. W.), 9 am-1 pm. (Learn More)

High Park Walks: First and third Sundays, 10:30 am-12 noon. Meet at the benches, across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of High Park.  (Learn More)

  • Sun, Nov. 6: Geological Wonders and Origins with Frank Remiz, writer, researcher and student of geology, unearths the secrets of the park’s topography and geological history.
  • Sun, Nov. 20: Art of the Park A trek around the many sculpture sites in the park with art teacher Grace Petrucci.

Tea Time at the Inn: Every Sunday. Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W. 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Special weekly tea in our community room. Choice of sweet or savoury plate, with a seasonal feature. $10.00 plus HST. No reservation required. (Learn More)

Family Nature Walks:  Alternating Saturdays, 1:30-3:00 pm. Meet at High Park Nature Centre (formerly Forest School), inside the park just south of Bloor and High Park Ave. 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.  (Learn More)

  • Sat, Nov. 12:  High Park Rangers – Know Your Nature. See High Park through the eyes of young naturalists. The 12-16 year olds of the High Park Rangers have been busily creating an engaging and informative hike to teach you about some of the coolest nature in High Park. Not to be missed!
  • Sat, Nov. 26: High Park Eagles – Know Your Nature. Learn about the plants and animals in High Park from the young naturalists of the High Park Eagles group! We will explore woodlands and black oak savannah habitats to learn fascinating facts and connect with the nature surrounding us.

High Park Stewards Buckthorn Busting: Sun, Nov. 13 and 27. Grenadier Restaurant, Colborne Lodge Drive. 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Buckthorn is one of the worst invasives in High Park. Buckthorn removal is a popular activity for anyone who likes being outdoors and finds satisfaction in restoring the park’s ecology; a few hours of work make a real difference. For students, it is also a way to collect volunteer hours. The final session, on November 27, will be followed by a potluck lunch. Meet us in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am, and we will go together to the site. All tools will be provided. (Learn More)

Junction Reads and Writes: Sun, Nov. 13. Axis Gallery & Grill, Downstairs. 5:00 pm. A monthly prose reading series, featuring the best in new and emerging fiction and non-fiction. Next event features Shari Kasman, Heather Tucker, Colette Maitland, Malcolm Sutton, Daniel Perry and Vanessa Shields. Repeats monthly. (Learn More)

Movie Night: Tues, Nov. 15. Runnymede Library, 2178 Bloor Street West. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Free screenings of the great movies presented by Risa Shuman, former Senior Producer of TVOntario’s Saturday Night at the Movies. Scheduled to repeat December 20. Check with library to confirm date, time, and location due to renovations. (Learn More)

Swansea Community Lunch: Mon, Nov. 28. Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Come at 12:15 pm for 12:30 pm lunch. 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. Repeats on the last Monday of each month. (Learn More)

The StreetKnit Project: Tues, Nov. 29, Annette St. Library, 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm. 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. Repeats on the last Tuesday of each month. (Learn More)

 

Clubs in the Junction Area

High Park Speakers (Toastmasters): Meets Thursdays from 6:15-8:00 pm, at Annette Library, downstairs.  Guests are welcome at 6:05 for orientation.

Junction Residents Association: Representing residents living between Keele, Humberside/ Quebec/ Annette, Runnymede, and south of the railroad tracks. Membership in the JRA is just $10. Next meeting is Thurs, Nov. 10.

Junction Seniors: Meets Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 am at Agora Cafe (3015 Dundas St. W.) and Fridays 2:00-3:00 pm at Pascal’s (2904 Dundas St. W.).

Parkdale- High Park Rotary Club: Meets Thurs. mornings, Grenadier Café in the heart of High Park, 7:30 am. The Rotary Club of Parkdale-High Park is one of 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and regions, forming a network of community service around the world. We are a welcoming, friendly and fun-loving group of men and women from different backgrounds, age groups, cultures and occupations.  If you want to be part of a global network of community volunteers, then Rotary is for you. Breakfast is available for $3.99.

Runnymede Public Library book clubs:
Please contact library to confirm dates after mid-November, due to upcoming renovations.

  • Polish Book Club, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Mon, Nov. 28, Mon. Dec 19.
  • Afternoon Book Club, 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Mon, Nov. 14, Mon, Dec. 12.
  • Evening Book Club, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Tue, Nov. 01, Tue Dec 06. Call (416) 393-7697 to register.

Saturday Morning Knitting Club: Sat. mornings, Annette Street Library, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. All are welcome to knit in a group setting. Make new friends and share knitting tricks and techniques. Bring your own needles and wool. Limited instruction by group members.

Scottish Country Dancing Group: Meets Wednesday evenings at Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Road, 7:15-9:15 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early. 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, Roncesvalles United Church, 240 Roncesvalles Ave. 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.

Swansea Horticultural Society: Wed, Nov. 23. Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor), 7:30 pm. Annual General Meeting with a presentation on Ontario Garlic by speaker Peter McClusky, Toronto Garlic Festival. For more information, call Beverly Donnelly, 416-766-8852. Repeats Dec. 14.

Toronto Debating SocietyAlternate Tuesdays, Swansea Town Hall, 7:30-9:30 pm.  A group of people interested in words, ideas & the power of quick thinking. This non-profit public community organization meets from Sep. to May.  Attendance is always free.

  • Tues, Nov. 8: Guaranteed annual income
  • Tues, Nov. 22: Mini-debate marathon

Toronto Fiddle Collective: 7-9:30 pm. All folk instruments, levels and ages welcome. Info: 416-402-1642 or fiddleshow@gmail.com.

  • Fri, Nov. 11: Gerry O’Connor at the West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W. $35 fee applies.
  • Thurs, Nov. 17: Edwin Huizinga/ Fire and Grace at the Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. $35 fee applies.

Toronto Swing Dance Society: Meets Fridays at Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W from 7:30 pm to midnight. Monthly dances for all ages.  No experience or partner needed. $10 fee/ $5 for members.

West Toronto Junction Historical Society: A volunteer organization formed by a group of local residents to learn about and preserve the history of the Junction, and to get involved in local planning issues.

JRA e-newsletter – October 2016

You’re invited: Residents in the Junction Toronto community are invited to attend the JRA’s Annual General Meeting on Thurs., Nov. 10, 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W.  

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

News for the Junction Toronto neighbourhood

Councillor Doucette will be holding Constituency Hours at Annette Library on Friday, Oct 14 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. By appointment only. Please call 416-392-4072 to make arrangements.

Cheri DiNovo, MPP for Parkdale-High Park, wants to hear from you. The Ontario Legislature resumed sitting in September. What issues are important to you? What do you want her to speak up about in the Legislature? What concerns, ideas or questions do you have with regards to the provincial government and Parkdale-High Park? Send your comments to dinovoc-co@ndp.on.ca.

Volunteers needed. The Junction BIA is on the hunt for some top notch volunteers to help with this year’s Pumpkinfest on Sat Oct 29th 2016. For more details please email thejunctionbia@gmail.com.

Registration is open for High Park Nature Centre’s fall clubs for children. There’s still space in Knee-High Naturalists on Tuesday and Nature Baby on Fridays.

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JRA e-newsletter — September 2016

The next JRA general community meeting is on Thurs., Nov. 10, 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W.  Meet your neighbours.  Refreshments served.

What was discussed at the last meeting on Sept 8th:

1. Tree for Me — Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation: Increasing our tree canopy in the Junction
2. Pop-up Tours: Learn more about Westside’s Story behind-the-scenes pop-up tours of local venues, businesses and shops
3. Function in the Junction 2016: News from May community fundraiser
4. Junction development updates
5. JRA annual general meeting happens in November: Join the executive!

Note:  If you cannot attend this meeting in person, know that we stream video of the meeting in real time. To watch it live on your computer, go to http://www.junctionra.ca/jra-tv.   We’ll also post the agenda there, so you can follow along.  There is a facility for asking questions remotely.

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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’ll post late changes or new events to the JRA website front page.  Please check there mid-month or so to catch any late-breaking news.

Upcoming Blood Donor Clinics:  See the calendar below for Sat., Sep. 10 (Swansea Town Hall) and Fri., Sep.30 (Annette Recreation Centre).

Runnymede Library open Sundays beginning this fall:  Effective Sep. 11, Runnymede Library at 2178 Bloor St. W. will be open on Sundays from 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm.

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More updates to August e-newsletter

 

Mon., Aug. 22 – Canada Post Town Hall, Annette Public Library, 145 Annette St., 7-8:30 pm.  Canadians deserve a say in the future of their postal service.  The current review of Canada Post is intended to make it self-sustaining, while providing valuable services to Canadians well into the future.  Arif Virani, our MP, wants to hear from us on important questions such as:

  • Do you want to save door-to-door delivery?
  • Do you want postal banking to return?
  • How should Canada Post adapt to the new digital world?

Register for this public consultation at www.eventbrite.com/e/canada-post-review-town-hall-tickets-26970812426


Mon., Aug. 29 – Movie Night in High Park, Picnic Area 2, near Bloor St. entrance, behind the Chess House, 8 pm.  Councillor Doucette and CUPE Local 416 are sponsoring a free showing of “Zootopia.”  Bring your own chairs and blankets.


From Gord Perks:   West Neighbourhood House Newcomer Youth Program is offering an all-week Sailing Trip for girls ages 13 to 24, next week from August 22 to 26. Please share this with your youth and families. For more information, see the link above. To register, contact Jovie: 647-268-4417 or joviega@westnh.org

More from Gord:  The City of Toronto is seeking public input on a licensing framework for rental apartment buildings. The intended goal of the licensing framework is to build on the current Multi-Residential Apartment Building Audit Program by promoting best practices in building maintenance, strengthening enforcement of property standards violations, and improving tenant engagement and access … more

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