You’re invited: Residents in the Junction Toronto community are invited to attend the JRA’s Annual General Meeting on Thurs., Nov. 10, 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W.
Note: 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 may be a 15-second commercial (not ours) before you can watch. We’ll also post the agenda there, so you can follow along. There is a facility for asking questions remotely.
News for the Junction Toronto neighbourhood
Councillor Doucette will be holding Constituency Hours at Annette Library on Friday, Oct 14 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. By appointment only. Please call 416-392-4072 to make arrangements.
Cheri DiNovo, MPP for Parkdale-High Park, wants to hear from you. The Ontario Legislature resumed sitting in September. What issues are important to you? What do you want her to speak up about in the Legislature? What concerns, ideas or questions do you have with regards to the provincial government and Parkdale-High Park? Send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is open for High Park Nature Centre’s fall clubs for children. There’s still space in Knee-High Naturalists on Tuesday and Nature Baby on Fridays.
Upcoming Events in the Junction Toronto neighbourhood
Note: All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
High Park Harvest Festival: Sun. Oct. 2, Colborne Lodge and the High Park Children’s Garden, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Celebrate the harvest season with your community in beautiful High Park. Activities include: pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, face painting, local honey and preserves, Young Voices Toronto Choir, period dancing on the lawn, MakerKids activities, the High Park Trackless Train, local park and heritage groups, and of course everyone’s favourite roast potatoes and warm apple cider! Check out the Colborne Lodge website for the evolving list of activities and participants.
Crowdfunding workshop: Mon. Oct 3, Runnymede Library – 2178 Bloor Street West, 7:00 pm. Christopher Charlesworth, CEO and co-founder of HiveWire Inc. leads this comprehensive workshop on the essentials of crowdfunding from ground up. Suitable for anyone planning to launch, design and market a successful crowdfunding campaign or have a live one on the go.
Author talk with Elena Paschinger and Janice Waugh: Wed. Oct 5, Runnymede Library, 7:00 pm. Join Paschinger (The Creative Traveler’s Handbook) and Waugh (The Solo Traveler’s Handbook) for stories, tips, and advice about travel.
West Toronto Junction Historical Society talk: Thurs. Oct. 6, Annette Library, 7:00 pm social, 7:30 pm business meeting, 8:00 pm speaker. 145 Annette Street. Come and hear Ken Purvis speak about the Early Innkeepers of West Toronto. Purvis is Museum Coordinator at Montgomery’s Inn History Museum, City of Toronto Culture; Contract Faculty at Centennial College in their Culture & Heritage Site Management program, and guest speaker for Routes Adventures Road Scholar program. The Society will hold a business meeting just prior to the talk.
Pub Night: Fri. Oct. 7, Lambton House, 6:00 pm doors, 8:00 pm music. Special guest Low-Hanging Fruit.
The Winning of the Carbon War Screening: Tues. Oct 11, Runnymede Library – 2178 Bloor Street West, 6:15 – 8:15 pm. Free screening and discussion presented by Green 13 and Runnymede Library.
Electoral Reform Town Hall: Tues. Oct 11, Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. The federal government is hosting a national dialogue on electoral reform. All Canadians are invited to join the conversation. Explore the principles and values that shape Canadian democracy, learn more about the different electoral systems, and discuss the ways people can participate in voting. With Arif Virani, MP for Parkdale-High Park and MP Mark Holland, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Democratic Institutions.
Author talk with Bianca Lakoseljac: Tues. Oct 11, Annette Public Library, 7:00 pm. Bianca is the author of a novel, Summer of the Dancing Bear, a collection of stories, Bridge in the Rain, and a book of poetry, Memoirs of a Praying Mantis. Her latest novel, Stone Woman, is a family saga of five women whose lives are bound by a Vietnam-War draft dodger from the hippie daze of Toronto. Spanning from 1967 to 2017, the novel chronicles their loves and tragedies, and how an ambitious artistic endeavour shapes their lives.
Author talk with Maureen Jennings: Wed. Oct 12, Runnymede Public Library, 7:00 pm. From Canada’s premier author of historical mysteries, comes the haunting fourth novel in the DI Tom Tyler series. Dead Ground In Between is set in Britain during the darkest days of World War II. Book signing will follow the Q&A.
The Westside’s Story Pop-Up art tour: Wed. Oct 12, Centauri Arts Academy (2323 Bloor St W #218A), 7:15 pm. Enjoy arts in Bloor West Village. Start the night with a writing workshop. Participate in a flashmob dance at Swansea School of Dance. End the night at Bloor West Music School. $30 per person. Use the link above to register.
Heritage Talk: Thurs. Oct. 13, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas Street, doors at 7:00 pm, talk at 7:30 pm. This talk’s top is “Heritage Trees” with Edith George. A good will offering is appreciated.
Hurricane Hazel Walk: Sat. Oct. 15. Meet at Old Mill TTC subway station at 10:30 am. Join Toronto Field Naturalists and Madeleine McDowell on this walk to Lambton House.
Fall Planting Celebration: Sun. Oct. 16, 375 Colborne Lodge Drive, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Come and celebrate OURSpace, High Park Nature Centre’s new outdoor urban restoration site and natural classroom. Help plant native seedlings to restore the park’s black oak savannah. Enjoy fun family activities, snacks and music.
Junction Reads & Writes Season Opener: Sun Oct. 16, Axis Grill and Gallery 3048 Dundas St. W., 5:00 pm. Carole Giangrande, April Ford, Jesse Gilmour, Nathaniel G. Moore and Stephen Henighan take the stage! at this monthly prose reading series, featuring the best in new and emerging fiction and non-fiction.
City Building: Subdivided. In conversation with Jay Pitter and John Lorinc: Mon Oct 17, Annette Public Library, 7:00 pm-8:15 pm. “Can hyper-diversity as a framework reduce inequality and social divisions in Toronto and other global cities? Subdivided co-editors Jay Pitter and John Lorinc in conversation about new approaches to city-building in an urban region with more foreign-born residents than any other major city in the world.”
“The Lady in the Van” Movie Night: Tues. Oct. 18, Runnymede Public Library, 6:00-8:00 pm. Free screenings of the great movies presented by Risa Shuman, former Senior Producer of TVOntario’s “Saturday Night at the Movies”.
Uncovering the Mystic World of Dreams: Tues. Oct 18, Annette Public Library, 6:15-8:15 pm. Join author Dr. Marina Quattrocchi for a conversation purpose of dreams, stages of sleeping and dreaming, tips for remembering dreams and keeping a dream journal, and how to begin understanding the meaning of dreams.
Depression late in life: Thurs. Oct. 20, Runnymede Public Library, 2:00 pm. Join a research analyst from CAMH for a talk exploring some of the risk factors for developing depression, how depression relates to memory and dementia, and current treatment options available.
Creativity Unlocked – Reflexive Writing Workshop: Sat. Oct 22, Annette Public Library, 11:00 am-1:00 pm. An intimate, hands-on workshop led by professional writer and MA student, Carolyn Grisold. Explore the benefits of creative writing through journalling, questionnaires and poetry. Topics include awakening your inner artist, writing for yourself and finding your niche. RSVP via email@example.com or 647.233.6799.
The Biology of Bloodthirsty Disease Vectors: Tues. Oct. 25, Annette Street Library, 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Professor Jean-Paul Paluzzi discusses mosquitoes and ticks and the fascinating (and sometimes scary) world of infectious diseases such as Lyme disease and Zika virus.
Author reading with Bianca Lakoseljac: Wed. Oct 26, Runnymede Public Library, 7:00 pm. Bianca is the author of a novel, Summer of the Dancing Bear, a collection of stories, Bridge in the Rain, and a book of poetry, Memoirs of a Praying Mantis. Her latest novel, Stone Woman, is a family saga of five women whose lives are bound by a Vietnam-War draft dodger from the hippie daze of Toronto. Spanning from 1967 to 2017, the novel chronicles their loves and tragedies, and how an ambitious artistic endeavour shapes their lives.
Tree for Me workshop and tree giveaway: Sat. Oct 29, Annette Street Library, 10:00 am-1:00 pm. The Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation is offering residents anywhere in Toronto a free native tree that is grown from local seed stock. Participants will take part in a tree planting and tree care workshop prior to receiving their free tree. Workshop and tree giveaway hosted by the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, Green 13, Junction Resident’s Association and the Toronto Public Library. Register using the link above.
Pumpkinfest 2016: Sat. Oct. 29, The Junction Train Platform, 2:00-6:00 pm. Pumpkin carving, crafts and other family-friendly activities will be happening all afternoon.
Events for Teens in the Junction Toronto neighbourhood
Teen Book Talk (Book Club): Wed. Oct 12, Runnymede Public Library, 4:30 – 5:30 pm. Tea and snacks provided.
Events for Children and Families in the Junction Toronto neighbourhood
Morning Glory Cycling Club Annual Bike Giveaway: Sun. Oct. 2, 111 Pacific Ave, 1:00-4:00 pm. The Morning Glory Cycling Club (MGCC), in partnership with Gears Bike Shop, the Ontario Cycling Association (OCA) and Minto Properties, is hosting its fifth annual bike giveaway. Donated by MGCC members, friends, and the community at large, the bikes are intended to go to children and young adults in Parkdale and High Park whose families can’t afford to purchase their own.
The BFG Puppet Show: Sat. Oct 15, Runnymede Public Library, 2:00-3:00 pm. Enjoy a puppetry rendition of Roald Dahl’s “The BFG.” Attendees will have an opportunity to make their very own dream jar after the show. Suitable for ages 4 and up.
Wesleep Baby Sleeping Seminar: Fri. Oct 21, Annette Street Library, 11:15 am-12:15 pm. Triona Coakelin, Certified WeeSleep Consultant, offers a free seminar where you will learn about baby and toddler sleep, the importance of sleep and most common issues, and the top sleep strategies to help you and your family start getting the sleep you need and deserve.
Halloween Spooktacular: Sat. Oct 29, Runnymede Public Library, 11:30 am-1:00 pm. Prepare for a scare! Come in costume, walk through a spooky haunted house and enjoy Halloween activities and treats.
Recurring events for children and families
Living and Learning with Baby: Thursdays, Sep. 29-Nov. 3, Jane/Dundas Library, 10:00 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 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.
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 Toronto neighbourhood
Junction Artists’ Exhibition: Daily through Sat. Oct. 8, La Revolucion Restaurant & Gallery, 2848 Dundas St W at Keele. The Art, Culture and Homemade Mexican Cuisine exhibition features several artists of Toronto’s popular ART TOUR group.
Montgomery’s Inn Art Exhibition Series: Daily through Fri. Oct 28, 4709 Dundas St W (at Islington Ave). The Healing View, an exhibition of photography by Diane Boyer, an exploration of restorative environments. Past Present, an exhibition of photographic work by Jelica Jovin.
Heritage York – Lambton Open House: Sundays, 12:30 – 4 pm. Welcome to the site dedicated to the historic Lambton House, located on the east bank of the Humber River. Originally built in 1847 and opened in 1848, 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. Come by and learn the important roles the Lambton played in the history and development of this great city. West side of the Humber River just south of Dundas. The Warren Park Bus #55 stops outside the door and can be caught at Jane subway. Lambton House is accessible: walk, bike, TTC or car (parking is limited).
International Affairs Discussion Group: Tues. Oct 4, Annette Street Library, 7:00-8:00 pm. Historian Keith Hyde hosts a new series of monthly discussions about international affairs. The program will include an introduction to new non-fiction books in TPL’s collection with an emphasis on war and conflict. Repeats monthly.
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.
Behind Wolf Hall: the World of Henry VIII’s Chief Minister: Thurs. Oct. 6, Runnymede Public Library, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Historian Lauren Mackay examines Thomas Cromwell’s meteoric rise as one of Henry VIII’s most skilled advisors, his relationships in the Tudor Court, and finally, his incredible fall.
Fret Not Ukulele Night: Thurs. Oct 6, 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.
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.
- Oct 2: Who Goes To The Park. This popular tour returns this year, guided by the paintings and poetry of Warabe Aske’s award-winning book.
- Oct 16: Autumn splendour photo-buff walking tour led by David Allen
The Junction Farmers Market: Saturdays, through Nov. 5 at the Junction Train Platform (2960 Dundas St. W.), 9 am-1 pm.
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.
- Oct. 15: “Alien Invaders.” Come and explore the alien invaders (aka invasive species) of High Park. Learn how these species were introduced to our area, why they can have an advantage over our native species and the various methods of removal used to control them.
- Oct. 29: “Phenomenal Fall Leaves.” Learn the science behind the beauty of fall leaves and how to identify some of our most common deciduous trees in High Park by their leaf shape.
High Park Stewards: second and fourth Sundays of each month except December, 10:30 am. to 1:00 pm. Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant, rain or shine.
- Oct. 9: No session due to Thanksgiving holiday.
- Oct 23: Buckthorn Removal
The StreetKnit Project: Sat. Oct. 25, 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. Monthly event.
Swansea Community Lunch: Mon. Oct. 31, 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.
Clubs and Groups in the Junction Toronto neighbourhood
High Park Nature Centre’s Urban Naturalists: The 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 a naturalist. No previous nature knowledge is necessary. 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. Price: $130 for all 6 sessions. Upcoming dates: Oct. 15, 29; Nov. 12, 26. Pre-registration is required; see link above.
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.).
Play Reading Group: Meets monthly at Annette Street Library. Like reading aloud? Enjoy theatre? Join this free Community Play-Reading Group. No experience necessary. Next meeting is Sat. Oct 15. reading The Crucible by Arthur Miller.
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:
- Polish Book Club, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Mon. Oct 31, Mon. Nov 28, Mon. Dec 19.
- Afternoon Book Club, 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Mon. Oct 17, Mon Nov 14, Mon Dec 12.
- Kidlit Book Club, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Mon. Oct 17. Next book: Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Call (416) 393-7697 to register.
- Evening Book Club, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Tue Oct 04, Tue Nov 01, Tue Dec 06. Call (416) 393-7697 to register.
- Tea and Books, 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Wed Oct 05, Wed Nov 02, Wed Dec 07.
Runnymede Youth Advisory Group: Meets the third Wednesday of each month at Runnymede Public Library, 4:30-5:30 pm. Earn community volunteer hours, meet other teens and contribute to library services and programs. New members may join at any time. Application forms are available at the library.
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, 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.
Swansea Horticultural Society: Meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor), 7:30 pm. Next meeting is Wed. Oct. 26. The topic will be “House Plants and Christmas Ideas” with Sheridan Nurseries. For more information, call Beverly Donnelly, 416-766-8852.
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.
Toronto Fiddle Collective: third Thursday (except July and Aug.). Meet at Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. (at Jane) from 7-9:30 pm. All folk instruments, levels and ages welcome. Info: 416-402-1642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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. Next meeting is Thurs. Oct. 6.
West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club: Sat. at 10 am & 3 pm, Tue. at 11:30 am & 7:30 pm, and Thu. at 7:30 pm, Baird Park (Keele & Humberside). Are you new to lawn bowling? It is easy to get started and your first game is on us. See more information at their Schedule page, and/or call ahead to confirm there is no change in schedule. Continues through Nov. 28, 2016.
Your Next Read: The Jane/ Dundas Public Library book club meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 7:00-8:00pm. Next meeting: Wed. Oct. 05.