A project of the Junction Residents Association (JRA)
The Junction Seniors gather three times a week for an informal hour of conversation:
- on Tuesday mornings, 10-11 am, at Agora Cafe, 3015 Dundas St. W.
(between Pacific and High Park)
- on Friday afternoons, 2-3 pm, at Pascal’s, 2904 Dundas St. W. (halfway between Keele and Pacific)
Drop by if you are interested in creating 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: We tried, during June and July, to institute a third coffee hour, on Thursdays, but response was so poor that we abandoned the idea. So, please come on Tuesday or Friday.
Contact: Eleanor Batchelder, 647-235-0843, or email@example.com
See photos of recent seasonal lunches:
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.
Here are some organizations that provide activities for seniors in our area:
Four Villages Community Health Centre sponsors a number of programs, including yoga, legal education, housing help, etc. For a full descriptive list and a monthly calendar of events (pdf), click here for the current month’s calendar; phone is 416-604-0640. Here are some most likely to appeal to seniors:
4CATS MEETING: 4CATS (Four Villages & Committed Action Team for Seniors) meets monthly to help identify the needs of seniors and advocate for the improvement of services in the community. If you would like to get involved in issues important to seniors, contact Junko for more information.
KNITTING GROUP: Knit, chat, and make friends at this peer drop-in program. Beginners and experienced knitters welcome! Thursdays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at Four Villages Dundas Site (3446 Dundas St. W., behind Shoppers Drug Mart). For more information contact Michelle.
WELLNESS GROUP: Older adults participate in gentle exercises to stay fit. Beginning in September program will run: Tuesdays, 10:30 – 11:30 am at Four Villages Bloor Site (1700 Bloor St. W., east of Indian Grove) and Fridays, 10:30 – 11:30 am at Four Villages Dundas Site (3446 Dundas St. W., behind Shoppers Drug Mart). For more information contact Jennifer.
Lawn bowling, anyone?
A nearby lawn bowling club is actively seeking players:
* West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club, Baird Park, Humberside Avenue and Keele Street, is eager for new members: http://www.torontolawnbowling.ca/
Other local groups 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. It’s not trivial to find them on the website: for Osteofit, click on Fitness & Wellness, then on Older Adult. Also in the F&W tab are yoga, pilates, tennis, etc.; price per season for these classes are posted. For the “open” fitness classes (MWF morning and MW evening), go to the Drop-In tab. 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. Of course, there is also an indoor pool with a full schedule of classes and leisure swim sessions.
Syme 55+ Centre, 33 Pritchard Ave., 416-766-0388 — This centre has an extremely rich program for seniors, including meals and bus trips. When you consider that the #79 bus passes right in front of it and this bus runs frequently, it’s very convenient. (“#79 Scarlett Rd” runs from Bloor up Runnymede past St. Clair and turns left onto Pritchard; avoid #79B, however; see bus schedule online.) Membership is $25 a year.
See monthly calendar at http://www.syme55.com/page2.php,
Travel Tour brochure at http://www.syme55.com/TravelTours.php
Swansea Area Seniors Association, 95 Lavinia Ave., 419-392-1953 — An active program, including trips and exercise classes, though perhaps not so conveniently located for Junction residents. Membership is $12 a year.
Silver Circle (West Toronto Services for Seniors) offers a wide range of services, including a community dining program, friendly visiting and telephone outreach, grocery shopping trips, and an income tax clinic. See their website for full descriptions of services, and see their current newsletter for dates and times of meals, shopping trips, etc..
LAC (formerly know as Loyola Arrupe) is a senior center at 1709 Bloor, and can be reached at 416-766-7977 ext 1. It operates programs for seniors, some under the auspices of Silver Circle. Junction Seniors member Gail reports (August 2013): “I had lunch last week at 1709 Bloor. Every Thursday they offer “Soup and Sandwich” lunch for $4.25. Actually the lunch consisted of juice (?), soup or salad, choice of one of three sandwiches, dessert and tea or coffee. It is prepared and served by Silver Circle, which is part of West Toronto Services for Seniors. Silver Circle has many events for seniors in our catchment area.” LAC has a printed calendar that you can get by stopping by; they don’t currently have a website. The Thursday lunch is quite wonderful. To find out what is happening dial 416-766-7977 extension 5 for a recording.
… and further away:
• 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.
… By the way, there are a number of post-retirement “life learning” programs in the city. It would be a service to our little community if someone were to make a nice summary of them — I could post it here. Here are a couple of barebones listings on the web:
Here is a 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. (from Gail)
Page last updated: July 31, 2015