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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Wanted: E-newsletter editor.  The current editor, Eleanor Batchelder, is leaving Toronto soon, so this is her last edition: “In the three years that I have been editor, since Martin Lennox left us in 2013, the newsletter has changed a good deal.  Looking back, I can see that each editor lends his/her own personality to it, and I look forward to seeing what the next editor will bring.  I can recommend the editorship as a job that brings one closer to the local community, and earns one a lot of appreciation!”
The JRA is looking for a volunteer editor to help us put together and send out the JRA e-newsletter that’s emailed once a month to our subscribers.  It’s a great opportunity for someone who likes to stay up-to-date on everything that goes on in the Junction.  The e-newsletter tells folks what events are coming up and what’s happening in the community.  If this task sounds up your alley and you want to join a fun group of people who all love their neighbourhood, please contact the JRA at info@junctionra.ca today!

Green Energy Doors Open: 100% Sustainable | 100% Achievable  –  Sep. 9-11:   A province-wide communications campaign and showcase of individual, community, and commercial sustainable energy projects, it is organized and spearheaded by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association. The initiative aims to showcase advancements in the sector, demonstrating that Ontario is already on the path to building a 100% clean, sustainable energy system.  The event is free to participants.  Four events in our neighbourhood are listed in the calendar below, but check out the link above for others across Toronto.

From Councillor Doucette:  “I encourage you to check out one of the city’s best loved cultural attractions: Canadian Stage’s Shakespeare in High Park. This year’s program includes productions of Hamlet and All’s Well That Ends Well, running every week until Sep. 4, Tuesday through Sunday.  For the schedule and more information, click here.

High Park Nature Centre:  Registration is now open for Fall Clubs for children.

Register soon for City of Toronto Recreation Programs:  The City of Toronto is encouraging residents to get ready for September community recreation registration days. Registration occurs over four days in September (begins Sat., Sep. 10 for Etobicoke/York) and includes fall recreation, skating and swim programs as well as ski and some winter recreation programs. This September, over 27,000 programs are available in 248 community centres, pools and arenas.  Visit the link above to see what preparation you will need to register.

City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation is hiring!  Councillor Perks reports that City of Toronto PF&R ‏is hiring for skiing and skating part-time positions!  More information at link.

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Fret Not Ukulele Night:  Thu., Sep. 1, Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W. (near Islington Ave.), 6 – 9 pm (repeats Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 8).  Come and sing, laugh and make music at our monthly ukulele gathering with Doctor of Music instructor Chris Wilson. Beginners welcome! Bring your uke—but if you’re just testing the waters and don’t have one, let us know and we’ll loan you one for the night.  Admission to event (museum is closed): 7-9 pm, $15; 6 pm chord workshop is free.

The Village Playhouse (2190 Bloor St. W.) presents the first play in its All-Canadian Season:  Les Belles-Soeurs, by Michel Tremblay, Sep. 9-Oct. 1.  “Germaine Lauzon wins a million Green Stamps and invites friends and family to help paste them into books – and simmering resentments shake up all fifteen women. It’s been translated into 20 languages and may be Canada’s most-produced play.”  Tickets $20-24; see link above for details, or reserve at 416-767-7702.

Chair Yoga, also known as seated yoga, is 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. The is more than an exercise class, it’s a wellness class — so let’s get fit while we sit!  A series at Runnymede Library, four Mondays, Sep. 12-Oct. 3, 11 am-12 pm.  Call 416-393-7600 to register.

High Park Nature Centre is introducing Urban Naturalists, our first ever Nature Club for Adults!  Participants will develop their knowledge and foster a deeper connection to nature as they explore the trails of High Park, guided by one of our naturalists. No previous nature knowledge is necessary.  All levels are welcome.  Hikes will be moderate in length and hiking ability.  The club will meet 6 times a season on alternating Saturday mornings between 9:30-12pm.  The cost is $130 for all 6 sessions.  The dates for the fall session will be: Sep. 17; Oct. 1, 15, 29; Nov. 12, 26.  Pre-registration is required; see website.

Living and Learning with Baby, Jane/Dundas Library, six Thursdays, Sep. 29-Nov. 3, 10 am-12 pm.  This is a FREE parenting program provided by Toronto Public Health for parents with infants aged 6 weeks to 6 months. Topics covered during the program are: adjusting to parenthood, infant nutrition, growth and development, caring for a sick child, keeping your child safe & community resources. Register in person or by calling 416-338-6264.


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===   Scroll down for  Events for children & teens  == and ==  Recurring events   ===
Note:  All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
Thu., Sep. 1 – Film: Seeds of Time hosted by Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA) and Hot Docs, at Bloor Hot Docs theatre, 6:30 pm (concessions at 6 pm).  For that night the theatre will be serving only vegan snacks, including food from YamChops and Through Being Cool!  $2 of every ticket will be donated to TVA.  Tickets at http://bit.ly/2a0tagf.

Mon., Sep. 5 – Labour Day Holiday.  Toronto’s Labour Day Parade marches from University Ave. to the CNE, passing through our riding at Queen and Dufferin, around 10 am (according to Cheri DiNovo).

Thu., Sep. 8 – Corn Roast, Market and Heritage Fair, Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W. (near Islington Ave.), 5-9 pm. Nothing better than a late afternoon in the park with a cob of fresh corn! Join us for a grand bake sale, local produce, live music and displays from west-end heritage organizations. Bring your lawn chairs.  Admission free; various prices for food and items for sale.

Fri., Sep. 9 – Green Energy Doors Open: Morgan Solar Facility Tour, 100 Symes Rd., Unit 100A, 4:30-5:30 pm.  Morgan Solar is opening our doors for Green Energy Doors Open!  Attendees will take a tour of Morgan Solar’s facilities, including the manufacturing floor, where our designed- and made-in-Toronto high-efficiency solar panels are manufactured.  Wheelchair accessible.  Tour is limited to 25 attendees, so be sure to RSVP as soon as possible (at link above).

Fri., Sep. 9 – Lambton House Community Pub Night (usually the first Friday, but altered this month), Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Doors open 6 pm, music from 8:00.  Free admission; sandwiches, beer, wine, coffee, snacks for sale.  The traditional Lambton House hot roast beef sandwiches will be available for purchase (from 6:30) — arrive early as they sell out quickly!  Bus #55 from Jane TTC station, or #30 from High Park or Islington stations.

Sat., Sep. 10 – Please donate blood at Swansea Town Hall, 9 am – 2 pm, Rousseau Room, main floor. Please bring your donor or ID card.  Visit the Canadian Blood Services website to book your donor appointment … walk-ins are welcome, too!  For more information, call 416-974-9900.

Sat., Sep. 10 – Green Energy Doors Open: Net-zero Upgrade to Existing Toronto Semi-detached House – Case Study and Progress Report, Coolearth Architecture, 386 Pacific Avenue, 9 am-5 pm, register at link above.

Sat., Sep. 10 – Green Energy Doors Open: Green 13 holds a free screening and a house tour, 10 am-1:15 pm.  Free admission, but please reserve your seat at the website.
•  Film “Journey to the Future: A Better World is Possible,” Annette St. Library, 10-11:45 am.  Guy Dauncey, ecologist and futurist, presents a vision of a future brimming with innovation and hope, where the climate crisis is being tackled, the solar revolution is underway, and a new economy is taking shape. Green energy is an essential piece of this future.
•   Home Tour, 557 Indian Grove, 12:15-1:15 pm.  Following the film screening & discussion, we’ll walk 6 blocks to see a residential geothermal system installed for heating and cooling.  More information at website above.

Sat., Sep. 10 – Green Energy Doors Open:  Toronto Residential Rooftop Solar PV System Open Door Event, Nguyen Solar, 52 Van Stassen Blvd., 1-5 pm. This is a great opportunity to view a home with an active solar installation generating electricity from the power of the sun!   Register online at link.

Sun., Sep. 11 – Grandparents’ Day in High Park, from 3 pm.  The link shows many activities that are available throughout High Park.  There will be a special Grandparents’ Day Tea at Sunnyside Pavilion, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.; advance tickets available at the website above.

Mon., Sep. 12 – Kidlit Book Group, Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm.  Adults meet to discuss outstanding works of children’s and young adult Literature. Based on Gretchen Rubin’s club by the same name, this session is a pilot for a possible ongoing group.  On Sep. 12, we discuss Wonder by R.J. Palacio; copies are available at the branch.  Visit us or call (416) 393-7697 to register.

Tue., Sep. 13 – Film screening and discussion: The Breakthrough in Renewable Energy, Jane/Dundas Library, 6:30-8:15 pm. It’s under-reported in the media, but a silent revolution is moving across the world. Renewable energy is becoming cheaper than the energy from fossil fuels, so the choice for wind and solar energy is no longer an ethical but increasingly an economic one. And this will speed by the transfer to renewable energy.  The screening will be followed by a discussion.  Hosted by Green13.

Fri.-Sun., Sep. 16-18 – Ukrainian Festival and Sidewalk Sale, Bloor St. W. from Runnymede to Jane, Fri. 5-11 pm, Sat. 9 am-11 pm, Sun. 10:30 am-7 pm.  A showcase of the most widely identifiable aspects of Ukrainian culture in Canada — music, dance, food, visual arts and community. It is one of the premier Ukrainian festivals in North America and growing to attract audiences well in excess of 500,000 from across Canada, the US and abroad.  Take in the colourful parade on Saturday morning at 11 am, the film festival, the art exhibit, and have fun at the midway.  More info at link.

Sat., Sep. 17 – First session of Urban Naturalists, the High Park Nature Centre’s first ever Nature Club for Adults, 9:30 am-12 pm.  See description above (“New ongoing events”) or at website.

Sat., Sep. 17 – Play Reading Group, Annette St. Library, 1-4 pm.  Like reading aloud? Enjoy theatre? Join us for a free community play-reading group!  This month’s reading will be from Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None / Ten Little Indians.  Free! All welcome! No experience necessary!  Drop in once, or every month!

Sat., Sep. 17 – Vegetarians of High Park potluck vegan dinner, 6-8 pm in a member’s home near Jane and Bloor.  Please bring a vegan dish (no meat, eggs, dairy, fish or honey) to share, as well as your own plate and utensils. No pressure for those who are shy about making a dish! You can always bring a drink or a simple store-bought dish like hummus and pitas, salsa and tortilla chips, or fruit for dessert!  We also encourage everyone to bring print out copies of the recipe for their dish, as everyone is always eager to share recipes. RSVP required to highpark@veg.ca by Sep. 12.

Mon., Sep. 19 – Planning for Your Retirement, Annette St. Library, 7-8:15 pm.  A professional from CPA (Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada) will help you learn:  i) why you need a plan;  ii) how much you need to save;  iii) sources of retirement income;  iv) Advantages of tax deferral/savings opportunities, and the benefits of including non-registered investments in your plan.

Tue., Sep. 20 – Kate Taylor, Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm.  Award-winning author discusses her third novel, Serial Monogamy, a story that looks at the deeper side of relationships and life using present-day Toronto and Victorian England as her backdrop. Q&A and book signing to follow.  Place a hold on Serial Monogamy and other works by Kate Taylor.  Series: The eh List.

Tue., Sep. 20 – Community Energy Planning for a Low-Carbon Future, Annette St. Library, 7-8:15 pm.  Fernando Carou, Acting Manager, Environment & Energy Division, Community Energy Planning & New District Energy Systems, City of Toronto, will share ideas. He will lead a discussion, along with members of Green 13.

Wed., Sep. 21 – Movie Night, Runnymede Library, 6 pm.  Note: This month it is Wed., not Tue. (back to Tue. in October)!  45 Years (2016, 95 mins).  Written and directed by Andrew Haigh, starring Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James.  As Kate and Geoff prepare to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary, unexpected news threatens to change their lives.

Thu., Sep. 22 – Archaeoastronomy: Astronomy of Civilizations Past, Jane/Dundas Library, 7-8 pm.  For millennia, people (including our First Nations) have used the sky as a clock, calendar, and compass. Astronomy thus became deeply rooted in their spirituality, mythology, and culture. This profusely-illustrated non-technical presentation will describe the astronomy of civilizations over the centuries.  Dr. John Percy is Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, recently awarded the 2013 Education Prize of the American Astronomical Society.  Please call 416-394-1014 for more information.

Thu., Sep. 22 – Live longer, live stronger with plant-based nutrition, Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm.  Plant- based diets are on the rise! Catch the benefit of this trend to help slow aging, fight disease and serve the environment and animals. Learn practical strategies to increase the plant content of your diet.  Presented by Registered Dietitian Pamela Fergusson, co-sponsored by Vegetarians of High Park.

Sat., Sep. 24 – Reenactment of 1793 journey, 9:30 am-2 pm.  Meet at the Rousseaux Site, south of 8 South Kingsway (Petro Canada station); end at Eglinton and the Humber, just north of Scarlett Woods Golf Course.  Re-enact the first day of Lt. Gov. Simcoe’s journey up to the Toronto Carrying Place, and about the Humber’s impact on Canada.  Sponsored by the Humber Heritage Committee, led by Madeleine McDowell.  More information at link above.

Sat.-Sun., Sep. 24-25 – Kaeja d’Dance presents: ReGeneration, Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W. (near Islington Ave.), Saturday and Sunday 1 & 3 pm.  “ReGeneration” is a community dance performance that reimagines the history of Montgomery’s Inn through dance, music and art. Everyday residents of Etobicoke are paired with professional choreographers to create new dance works to be performed in various rooms throughout the Inn. Featuring Kaeja d’Dance company dancers and other students and dancers (see link above).  Admission: Free (space is limited); museum admission fee is waived.

Sat., Sep. 24 – Outdoor movie in Sorauren Park. This will be a children’s favourite, at an early-evening hour. You can vote on our online poll for which movie will be shown.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Pass-the-hat donations will support the programs of the non-profit Friends of Sorauren Park. See the website for more information.

Sun., Sep. 25 – Kaeja d’Dance presents: ReGeneration, Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W. (near Islington Ave.), Saturday and Sunday 1 & 3 pm. See Sep. 24 above for details.

Tue., Sep. 27 – Nordic Pole Walking, Annette St. Library, 7-8 pm.  Nordic Pole Walking is the most effective low-impact physical activity, with proven benefits for fitness, therapy and rehabilitation. Come to learn the benefits of Nordic Pole Walking and to have a free trial. No skills or fitness required.

Tue., Sep. 27 – Are we running out? by Ingrid Bryan, Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm.  Is the world running out of resources? Ingrid Bryan addresses a central question for a world dependent on natural resources: Will we be able to feed a population of 9.7 billion by the year 2050? Will we have enough water, metals and minerals? What policies are needed to avert a crisis? Ingrid Bryan is professor emerita at Ryerson University and author of the award-winning book Are We Running Out? The Sustainability of the World’s Resources.”  Series: Fragile Planet

Wed., Sep. 28 – Walk: Humber River South — Birds, 10 am.  Meet at the Old Mill subway station for a linear walk ending near the lake at the Humber Loop. Bring binoculars.  Leader, Doug Payton.  A Toronto Field Naturalists walk.

Wed., Sep. 28 – Managing Your Finances in Retirement, Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm.  A Chartered Professional Accountant will discuss the following topics:
•  Are you getting all your benefits?
•  Understanding your spending patterns.
•  How can you stretch your retirement?
•  Understanding how investments should reflect stages of retirement.

Thu., Sep. 29 – Ann Tudor: Fast and Fearless Cooking for the Genius, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm. Come listen to Ann Tudor reading funny, poignant and revealing stories from her more-than-a-cookbook “Fast and Fearless Cooking for the Genius.” After reading, Ann will cheerfully answer questions about cooking and writing.

Thu., Sep. 29 – Thirsty Thursday, Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W. (near Islington Ave.), 7-10 pm.  (repeats Oct. 27, Nov. 24).  In partnership with the INNovators, we invite you to enjoy  live traditional music with a glass of beer, wine, or a Thomas Montgomery specialty by firelight in our restored 1847 barroom.  Costs: admission Pay What You Can (no museum admission necessary); cash bar; $5 for a bowl of stew with fresh-baked bread.

Fri., Sep. 30 – Culture Days: Ensemble Topaz, Annette St. Library, 1-2 pm.  Toronto’s premiere Eastern music and dance company presents a performance and workshop of music and dance styles — a fusion of Turkish, Jewish, Central Asian, Indian, and Middle-Eastern songs and dances.  A cultural tour, bringing the exotic home. For the whole family!

Fri., Sep. 30 – Blood Donation Day, Annette Recreation Centre, 333 Annette St., 4-7 pm.  Please register at www.blood.ca and bring your donor card and identification to the clinic.

Sat., Oct. 1 – Culture Days: Spirit of Africa, Runnymede Library, 12-1 pm.  Come to experience the Spirit of Africa through rhythm and movement. This interactive and exciting workshop uses dance movement, music and song to tell the story of the African people. Have fun!  Good for all ages, children and adults.

Sat., Oct. 1 – Walk: A Veritable Treasure Trove: the High Park Neighbourhood, 1:30-3 pm.  Start at High Park Library, 228 Roncesvalles Ave.; end at Parkside Dr. and High Park Gardens. This tour explores the residential district east of High Park that includes one of the finest collections of Edwardian homes. Learn the story behind the pronunciation of “Roncesvalles” and the story behind the design of the 100-year old High Park Library.  Bonus: Heritage Toronto will unveil a plaque for the High Park Library Branch before the tour; arrive by 1 pm to take part in both events!  Co-Presented by Toronto Public Library and Heritage Toronto. Tours are open to all at no charge, but donations of $5-$10 are encouraged.  Register at the link above.

Sat., Oct. 1 – Culture Days: Quintessential Bellydance, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  Dancer Evyenia Karmi will offer a glimpse into the exotic world of bellydance. Participants will observe and learn a short choreography with movements from her book “Quintessential Bellydance,” winner of The Beverly Hills Book Awards 2014.  Discover the mystique and glamour of this beautiful and ancient dance form from countries that include Egypt, Greece, Turkey and Lebanon.  Registration is required, call 416-394-1014, as space is limited.

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Sat., Sep. 10 – Red Cross Babysitting Course for Teens, Jane/Dundas Library, 9:30 am-4:30 pm.  Want to gain valuable skills to help you land that babysitting job and receive Red Cross certification? This one-day course will teach you how to babysit infants and young children and covers everything from basic first aid to diapering to creating a safe environment.  Space is limited and registration is required; call 416-394-1014 to register or for more information.  There is a $55 fee that covers your babysitter manual, your certificate of attendance, and other supplies such as diapers and handouts. The Library does not collect this fee at the time of registration — please bring it with you on Sep. 10 and give it to the Canadian Red Cross representative.

Wed., Sep. 21 – Runnymede Youth Advisory Group meets on the third Wed. of the month at Runnymede Library, 4:30-5:30 pm.  For youth ages 13-19.  Want to earn volunteer hours, meet other teens and contribute to library services and programs? Join the Runnymede YAG!  New members are welcome year-round.  Get application form at branch; for more info, call 416-393-7697.

These events, listed in the adult or children’s calendars, may also be considered good for teens:
•  Thu., Sep. 1 – Film: Seeds of Time, Bloor Hot Docs Theatre
•  Fri.-Sat., Sep 9-10  Green Energy Doors Open (see “News” at top of Newsletter)
•  Tue., Sep. 13 – Film: The Breakthrough in Renewable Energy, Jane/Dundas
•  Fri.-Sun., Sep. 16-18 – Ukrainian Festival and Sidewalk Sale, Bloor St. W., Runnymede to Jane
•  Tue., Sep. 20 – Community Energy Planning for a Low Carbon Future, Annette St. Library
•  Thu., Sep. 22 – Archaeoastronomy: Astronomy of Civilizations Past, Jane/Dundas Library
•  Thu., Sep. 22 – Live longer, live stronger with plant-based nutrition, Runnymede Library
•  Sat.-Sun., Sep. 24-25 – Kaeja d’Dance presents: ReGeneration, Montgomery’s Inn
•  Tue., Sep. 27 – Nordic Pole Walking, Annette St. Library
•  Tue., Sep. 27 – Are we running out? by Ingrid Bryan, Runnymede Library,
•  Sep. 30-Oct. 1 – Culture Days — 3 events at 3 libraries

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Mon., Aug. 29-Fri., Sep. 2 – 7th Annual Vine Park PopUp Camp, 3-4:30 pm.  “Always free and no registration. You know how we roll…!  Art. Outside. Together.”  By The Junction Project.

Sat., Sep. 10 – Make a Whiteboard, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W., 10 am-12 noon. Kids will learn how to build a Whiteboard with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions.  Note: Full information was not available at press time; try this link to see if they have posted a fuller description in the meantime.

Sat., Sep. 24 – MakerKids Science Fun, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  In honour of Science Literacy Week, children ages 6 & up are invited to drop into the library to participate in science-themed activities with MakerKids.  Please call 416-394-1014 for more information.

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

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Flow-active’s Free Yoga in High Park, Sundays 10-11 am.  Last one is Sun., Sep. 18.  Meet in High Park, west of the entrance at Bloor St. & High Park Ave. (please arrive by 9:45 am).  We have an amazing line-up of local yoga studios and gyms (see website) coming together to work out and zen out in High Park.  Whether you are an experienced yogi or just starting your practice, all levels are welcome.  Spirit of karma: This year, we will be collecting donations for StepStones for Youth; suggested donation $5. What to bring: sunscreen, a mat or towel, water, an open mind, and friends!

High Park Walks, first and third Sundays, 10:30 am-12 noon. Free walking tours.  Meet in the middle of High Park, at the benches across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant.  Contact: John Howard, highparkwalkingtours@yahoo.ca
•  Sep. 4:   Myths and Legends.  Colborne Lodge Staff narrate mystery and history, from Native times to the present.
•  Sep. 18:  Shakespeare in the Park.  Join writer Julia Bennett for a social ramble with nature readings from The Bard. The year 2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s passing.

High Park Stewards, work sessions on Sundays, meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant, 10:30 am-12:30 pm.  Sep. 11: Fall Planting; Sep. 25: Seed Collection.  These sessions meet rain or shine, but are subject to change based on weather and need; check beforehand by going to www.highparknature.org.

Lambton House Open House, Sundays in September, 12:30-4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Guided tours; refreshments available; a goodwill offering is appreciated.  Come by and check out the last remaining historically designated building on the Humber River from the Lambton Mills period.  Originally built in 1847, the Lambton House operated for 140 consecutive years until it was closed in 1988 for local development.  Through the actions of local residents and Heritage York, the building was rescued from demolition and restored as an integral part of the local community.  “Please call about noon (416-767-5472) to confirm that we are open on a given Sunday, as sometimes the facility is rented.”  Exhibit “The Monarchy from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth,” royal memorabilia from the collection of Howard G. Ashbourne, will be on view through October.

Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (Sep. 26), Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., come at 12:15 pm, lunch served at 12:30.  WTSS Silver Circle and SASA present a hot, nutritious lunch, $5. An opportunity for adults 55+ years to socialize.  Call 416-653-3535 x.240 to reserve in advance.

Green 13 monthly planning meeting, 4th/5th Monday (Sep. 26), 6:15 pm, Annette St. Library. Anyone concerned with our climate and environment is encouraged to attend, particularly those interested in volunteering or in presenting initiatives on which they are prepared to act.  Contact green13group@gmail.com

The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (Sep. 27), 7-8:15 pm, Annette St. Library.  Put your knitting needles together and help keep someone without a home warm this year.  Patterns, wool and some needles are available, or if you have something in your personal stash to donate to the cause, it will be welcome.  For more info, see www.streetknit.ca or email us at streetknit@gmail.com

West End Walking Group, Wednesdays 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. Meet at Etienne Brulé Park parking lot. Free; contact info@fifty-seven.ca or 416-972-9367.

West Bend Community Association meeting, third Wednesday (Sep. 21), 7 pm, Indian Rd. Crescent P.S. (2nd floor staff room), 285 Indian Rd. Cres.   

Swansea Horticultural Society Meeting, fourth Wednesday, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor), 7:30 pm.  Sep. 28: “The Dale Estate – Acres of Glass” with speaker Dale O’Hara.  For more information, email swanseahorticulturalsociety@gmail.com.

Thursday evenings at the Lodge continue through Sep. 29, 4:30-7:30 pm.  From Colborne Lodge:  “In the Park on a Thursday evening? Why not drop in and join us at the Lodge? Discover how the Howards 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 Howards did. Their lifelong love of the park ensured its preservation as a retreat for us all. Pay what you can.”

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

Saturday Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays in September, 10 am-12 pm, Annette St. Library.  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.

West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club has open games at Baird Park (Keele & Humberside), Sat. at 10 am & 3 pm, Tue. at 11:30 am & 7:30 pm, and Thu. at 7:30 pm.  “Are you new to Lawn Bowling?  It is easy to get started and your first game is on us. Join us any time.”  See more information at their Schedule page, and/or call ahead to confirm there is no change in schedule. Continues through Nov. 28, 2016.

Family Nature Walks.  Saturdays, 1:30-3 pm.  No pre-registration necessary, these are drop-in events, great for all ages – bring the whole family!  $2-5 per person suggested donation, or PWYC. Meet at High Park Nature Centre (formerly Forest School), inside the park just south of Bloor and High Park Ave.  Note: Weblinks for these programs were not available at press time.
•  Sep 17 – Let’s Go Blue Jays:  Come appreciate the natural side of baseball. Learn the different species of tree used to make Blue Jays sluggers’ bats, how pines make their way onto the pitcher’s mound and compare the various historical Blue Jays logos to the actual markings of the bird itself. We will investigate why Blue Jays feel at home in High Park’s endangered black oak savannahs and woodlands, as well as where Blue Jays go in the off season.
•  Oct 1 – Nuts About Seeds:  Nuts and seeds are amazing survivors and seasoned travelers. Come learn the many nutty ways that seeds get around – from hitchhikers to tummy travelers, we will find tons of incredible seeds.

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

Local library book clubs are as follows:
•  first Tuesday (Sep. 13), 6:30-7:30 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.  Note: Adjusted to second Tue. 
•  first Wednesday (Sep. 7), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
•  first Wednesday (Sep. 7), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
•  second Monday (Sep. 12), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
•  second/third Friday (Sep. 16), 6:30-8 pm, Swansea Memorial Library (library is closed on Fridays but on the book club dates it will be open exclusively for those in the club – to register, call 416-393-7638 or email swstaff@torontopubliclibrary.ca).  This month’s book: Miss New India by Bharati Mukherjee.
•  fourth/last Monday (Sep. 26), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, Polish Book Club; conducted in Polish.  Discuss a great Polish book(s) each month. Contact the library for a list of upcoming titles.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday (except July and Aug.), 7-9:30 pm. At Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. (at Jane).  All folk instruments, levels and ages welcome.  Info: 416-402-1642 or fiddleshow@gmail.com.

Toronto Swing Dance Society, usually Fridays, 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W.  Monthly dances for all ages.  No experience or partner needed.

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