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.

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