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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Deadline for final applications: Dec. 16.
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 email@example.com. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
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 Society: Alternate 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
- 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.