Junction Seniors

A project of the Junction Residents Association (JRA)

The Junction Seniors gather twice a week for an informal hour of conversation:

  • on Tue. mornings, 10-11 am, at Pascal’s, 2904 Dundas St. W.  (between Keele and Pacific)
  • on Fri. afternoons, 2-3 pm, at Pascal’s, 2904 Dundas St. W.  (between Keele and Pacific)

Drop by if you are interested in joining a social network of neighbours.  See resources below and, if you’d like to join our mailing list for occasional email announcements of other events, write seniors@junctionra.ca

Contact:  Margaret Hawthorn, 416-767-8844 or seniors@junctionra.ca

See photos of recent seasonal lunches:

Our 2016 winter lunch at Axis on Dec. 7, taken by Dorothy.
Our 2015 winter lunch at Humble Beginnings on Dec. 9, taken by Dorothy, Laine and Eileen.
Our 2015 summer lunch at Palais Royale, taken by Dorothy, and the one of Dorothy by Genie.
2014 winter lunch at Axis Restaurant.
Lunch at Palais Royale, June 2014, taken by Eileen.

Local centres with regularly scheduled activities:

Annette Recreation, 333 Annette St. (bet. Evelyn and Laws), 416-392-0736  – Annette CRC offers a number of good fitness classes, swimming in the indoor pool, and a few other classes for adults (lots for children).  For these classes, there are several payment systems, depending on how often you want to come and how long ahead you want to pay for; seniors get a reduced rate.  Classes are both registered and drop-in.

Four Villages Community Health Centre provides a number of programs, including yoga, legal education, housing help, etc., at two locations (1700 Bloor St. W. near Keele,  and 3446 Dundas St. W., btw. Runnymede and Jane).  See website for a monthly calendar; phone is 416-604-0640.

Syme 55+ Centre, 33 Pritchard Ave., 416-766-0388 — This centre has an varied program for seniors, including meals and bus trips.  The #79 bus passes right in front of it and runs frequently, so it’s very convenient; avoid #79B, however; see bus schedule online.  Membership is $25 a year.  See current schedule of classes and schedule of travel and tours.

Swansea Area Seniors Association, 95 Lavinia Ave., 419-392-1953 — An active program, including trips and exercise classes, convenient for those who live south of Bloor.  Membership is $12 a year.

West Toronto Support Services (formerly Silver Circle) offers a wide range of services, including a community dining program at various locations, friendly visiting and telephone outreach, grocery shopping trips, and an income tax clinic.  See their website for full descriptions of services, their extensive news page of other events, and an online newsletter with dates, times, and cost of meals, shopping trips, etc.  Eligible are those 55 and over who live in their service area.  For more information, call friendly Tim at (416) 653-3535, 9-4:30 daily; ask him also for their very complete list of West End exercise programs for seniors.

The next two centers are confusing:  The older one, at 1709 Bloor St. W., was formerly known as Loyola Arrupe, and is now called LAC or Loyola Arrupe Corporation (website lac1709.ca).  The new one, at 55 Rankin, is called LA Centre for Active Living (website loyolaarrupecentre.com).  However, I see that both centers use just “LAC,” so when in doubt, check the address!

LAC is a seniors’ residence at 1709 Bloor, 416-766-7977, x. 1.  It also offers some programs for neighbourhood seniors, including a hot lunch for $5 on Thursdays.  Call or stop by for a current events calendar.  JS member Gail particularly recommends Joanne’s older adult fitness classes, MWF 9:30-10:30 am, $5 a session.

LA Centre for Active Living, 55 Rankin Crescent (off Bloor btw Symington and Lansdowne), 416-452-4875.  Look for current events calendar here, including fitness, computer classes, meals, etc.  Membership fee $20 per year for those who can afford it, waived otherwise.

TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY 

The Toronto Public Libraries offer many regular ongoing programs as well as special events every month.  The JRA e-newsletter lists many scheduled events for the three nearest us.

Annette St. Branch, 145 Annette St. at Medland St., 416-393-7692
Runnymede Branch, 2178 Bloor St. W., at Glendonwynne Rd., 416-393-7697
Jane/Dundas Branch, 620 Jane Street St., at Dundas St. W., 416-394-1014

Ongoing Events at Nearby Libraries
The Saturday Morning Knitting Club, 10 am to noon, Annette St. Branch.  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 available by group members.

Tea and Books, 3-4 pm on the first Wed. of the month, Runnymede Branch.  Wondering what to read next? Join them for a cup of tea and a lively presentation of books.

PALAIS ROYALE FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY LUNCHEONS

Every Wednesday (unless otherwise noted on its website) a buffet luncheon is held at the Palais Royale from 12-3 pm.  A minimum donation of $15 is required.  Reservations are permitted for groups.

TORONTO EVENTS AND FESTIVALS

All ongoing and upcoming events in the City of Toronto can be found at the link above.  You can search by date, type of event, frequency, etc.  Includes cultural events, theatre, musical events, church events, garden events, consumer shows, etc.

DISCOUNTS FOR SENIORS 

High Park Pharmacy – 1938 Bloor St. W., (416) 769-2222
Junction Pharmacy – 3016 Dundas St. W., (416) 763-2394

On the last Wed. of the month, 20% discount to those aged 60+ on all regular-priced “front of store” items at both of these stores.

Lawn bowling, anyone?

A nearby lawn bowling club is actively seeking players:  West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club, Baird Park, Humberside Avenue and Keele Street, welcomes new members.

Life Learning Programs:

•  Academy Walks and Talks, see http://www.allto.ca/talks.html for schedules for both. This is a project of the Academy for Lifelong Learning at U of T.

•  Knox College Summer Program has four one-week courses in August at the U of T: see website http://www.knox.utoronto.ca/summer-program/ or ask them to email a pdf announcement to you.

•  Learning Unlimited Etobicoke will offer three 8-week courses beginning on Oct. 18, 2016, and running from 10 am to noon.  Each course is $35.00, and is given at Fairfield Seniors’ Centre, 80 Lothian Ave. (directions).  Registration for new members starts Sep. 30, online, from 10 am to 5 pm on a space-available basis.  For more information see www.learningunlimitedetobicoke and especially “How to Register.”

By the way, there are a number of other post-retirement “life learning” programs in the city. Here is a  barebones listing on the web:

Here is another useful website to bookmark on your computer: http://seniortoronto.ca/. Look at the list of topics on the left of the home page and click to what interests you.

PUBLIC TRANSIT – Presto Card Information (from Gail)

The TTC will be ending the sale of tickets and tokens at some point in the next year.  The Presto Card is easy to use and will make your trip faster because it will no longer be necessary to queue to deposit your seniors’ ticket in the fare collection box or to purchase tickets and tokens.  Exact cash fares will still be accepted.

You just tap the card at the turnstile gate and the fare is automatically deducted from your card. The fares are the same as the ones currently in effect.  The adult fare Presto Card is available for purchase for $20, which includes the one-time issuing fee of $6, from vending machines at several subway stations, GO stations (including the Bloor UPS), several Gateway Newsstands, online, by telephone at 1-877-378-6123 or 1-800-855-0511, and from the TTC customer service department at Davisville Station.

Seniors’ and Students’ discounted fare Presto Cards are available at the Customer Service office at Davisville Station.

Additional funds can be loaded on the card at the vending machine using credit or debit cards, online or by direct withdrawal from your bank account.  If you register your card, a record is kept of how much you have spent on transit and that amount is eligible for a Federal tax credit.  A lost registered card will be replaced and the existing balance transferred to your replacement card.

For more information:  https://www.ttc.ca/Fares_and_passes/PRESTO/FAQ.jsp

Page last updated:  Apr. 11, 2017

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