Junction Area News & Events – January 2017

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.

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