JRA e-newsletter – August 2016

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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.

From Green 13:  Extreme Heat Alert – Water your trees, and water our street and park trees!  This summer is extr-r-r-r-emely hot, hard on humans and hard on trees. Our trees are very stressed, both in public and private locations.  Urban trees already have serious challenges—pollution, pests, soil compaction, wanton damage to their roots…  What we can do is water them.  An excellent source of information to guide your watering and caring for our trees is here.

Water your own trees, and water stressed boulevard trees. Ask members of your local BIA, faith groups, RAs, and other community groups/organizations to water the trees in their respective areas. Open your eyes to the state of trees on your local playground, park, and get out your watering can!  Green 13 will be posting opportunities to help water in our ward, please check our web pages for further details:  Facebook and www.green13toronto.org/


From Councillor Doucette:

Welcoming refugees in Ward 13Support the community initiative Swansea Welcomes Refugees, led by Swansea parent and friends. Help us raise funds (about $30,000) to sponsor a Syrian refugee family with elementary school-aged children. And join us in building knowledge about refugees and humanitarianism. You can help by donating to the fund and/or helping to organize fundraising and educational activities.

Sunnyside Bike Park Seeks Volunteers Join the volunteer stewardship team Tuesday and Friday evenings from 5-8 p.m., every fourth Saturday of the month (Aug. 27) from 1 pm-5 pm. Meet at the shipping container on the east side of the park. No experience is necessary. For more information and to register, please email trails@toronto.ca.  The Sunnyside Bike Park runs parallel to the north side of Lake Shore Blvd. between Colborne Lodge Rd. and Ellis Ave.

731 Runnymede Road Shelter CLC:  The City of Toronto is establishing a Community Liaison Committee (CLC) to advise on the development of the shelter at 731 Runnymede Rd., address community concerns and support the shelter’s integration into the community. The CLC will be made up of residents, businesses, shelter clients, social service agencies, Ward Councillors and City staff.  If you are interested in participating on the CLC, please fill out the Expression of Interest form available at the link above.

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Wanted: E-newsletter editor.  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!

“Discover Canada” Citizenship Education Mentoring Circle, Jane/Dundas Library, Mondays (Aug. 15, 22, 29), 10 am-12:30 pm.  Enjoy learning about Canada’s history and practice for the Canadian Citizenship Test, while enhancing your English reading skills!  Attend one or all 8 sessions (continuing into Sep. and Oct.).  Free, for landed immigrants and convention refugees, 19 years and older with LINC Level 4 and higher.  Small group settings with experienced and trained mentors. To register, call or email Lily Krowiak 416-588-6288 x213 or lkrowiak@culturelink.ca.  In partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, CultureLink and Toronto Public Library.

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My Peace: Paintings by Nadia Gurkova, exhibit at Runnymede Library during August.

Living and Learning with Baby, Jane/Dundas Library, Fridays in August (Aug. 5, 12, 19), 11 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.

Baby Sleep Seminar, offered twice at neighbourhood libraries (see list below).  Join Triona Coakelin, Certified WeeSleep Consultant, at this one-hour free seminar to learn about baby and toddler sleep—the importance of sleep, the most common issues affecting sleep, and the top sleep strategies to help you and your family start getting the sleep you need and deserve!
Fri., Aug. 12, Annette St. Library, 11 am-12 pm
Thu., Aug. 18, Jane/Dundas Library, 10:30-11:30 am; call 416-394-1014 for more information.

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Note:  All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.

Tue., Aug. 2 –  Smythe Park: Nature and Heritage. Leader: Madeleine McDowell.  Meet at 10:30 am on the west side of Jane St. and Alliance Ave. (#35 Jane bus) at the entrance to Smythe Park.  A 2-hour+ circular walk on mostly unpaved and uneven surfaces with some gentle and steep slopes. There is a parking lot entered from Scarlett Rd. but located by the swimming pool near Jane St, a short walk from the starting point.  Washrooms at beginning of walk. See what has become of a former sand and gravel pit, the site where John Graves Simcoe had lunch in September 1793, the route of the Toronto Carrying Place, a swimming pool inspired by the Queen Elizabeth Bldg. at the CNE, a view of a golf course built by the only Golf Olympic Gold Medalist, and maybe a mockingbird, a great blue heron or a large turtle.  Bring snack, binoculars, camera.  A Toronto Field Naturalists walk.

Tue., Aug. 2 –  Free film showing: “A People Uncounted: The Untold Story of the Roma,” The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave., 6:00-8:30 pm.  Presented by the Toronto Roma Community Centre as a Holocaust Remembrance event.  Q&A with director Aaron Yeger.  Live performance of The Gypsy Rebels with Michael T. Butch and his band.  Wine and cheese for sale.

Sat., Aug. 6 – High Park Poetry Walk, High Park Nature Centre at Forest School, 375 Colborne Lodge Dr., 1-3 pm.  Join poets Maureen Scott Harris, Maureen Hynes, Dilys Leman and Nicholas Power for a poetry walk along with Jon Hayes of the High Park Nature Centre, Helen Mills of Lost Rivers and John Wilson of Bring Back the Don. Hear poems inspired by the Park’s black oak savannahs, the serpentine wanderings of buried creeks and the dramatic 2003 discovery of the aquifer whose source was buried 10,000 years ago, as well as the plants, birds, snakes and insects that make their home in the Park.  Moderate difficulty; some slopes and mud paths; please wear appropriate footwear. Washroom access in High Park.  A Toronto Field Naturalists walk.

Tue., Aug. 9 – Film “Pipelines, Power and Democracy” screening and discussion, Annette St. Library, 6:15 pm.  This National Film Board documentary by Olivier D. Asselin (2015, in French with English subtitles, 88 mins.) documents the growth of an anti-pipeline movement over the course of two years, a movement that rekindled a sense of collective purpose and solidarity.  Read more and watch the trailer at the link above.  Presented by Green 13.

Sat., Aug. 13 – Plaques unveiling, Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion, 2019 Lake Shore Blvd. W., 1:30-2 pm.   Heritage Toronto and Parks, Forestry & Recreation invite you to the presentation of two plaques commemorating the history of the Sunnyside Amusement Area and Bathing Pavilion.  The plaque unveiling will be followed by a PWYC tour (see next item).  Register for the unveiling at the website above.

Sat., Aug. 13 – “Sports and Recreation Along Humber Bay” Walking Tour and Plaque Unveiling, 2-3:30 pm, starting at the Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion, 2019 Lake Shore Blvd. W. This Heritage Toronto tour will be led by members of the Swansea Historical Society. The eastern shore of Humber Bay has come a long way from landfill operations in the early 1900s to today’s string of sports and recreation facilities and parks. Hear about past (and present) elements, including an amusement park and Easter parades, on this historical stroll along the Lake Ontario shoreline. Heritage Come for the plaque unveiling at 1:30 (see item above) and stay for the tour!  The tour will finish at the Argonaut Rowing Club, 1225 Lake Shore Blvd. W.  Heritage Toronto tours such as this one are offered on a Pay What You Can basis; a voluntary donation of $5 to $10 per person is suggested.  Register for the tour at the link above.

Tue., Aug. 16 – James Gardens and Lambton Woods: Birds and Butterflies.  Leader: Carol Sellers.  Meet at 10 am in the first parking lot in James Gardens on Edenbridge Dr. east of Royal York Rd. for a circular 3-hr walk on mostly paved surfaces, mainly flat. Bring lunch and binoculars. Washrooms at start of walk.  A Toronto Field Naturalists walk.

Thu., Aug. 18 – High Park: Evening Ramble.  Leader: Wendy Rothwell.  Meet at 6:30 pm at the park entrance at Bloor St. W. and High Park Ave. for a circular walk to look at wildflowers.  Some unpaved trails and slopes.  A Toronto Field Naturalists walk.

Thu., Aug. 18 – Walk by the Light of the Moon, meet at Lambton House at 8 pm (sunset is 8:16).  Take a walk along the Humber in the full moon’s light, with Madeleine McDowell.  See the shadows it casts and the magic it weaves.  Maybe learn a little about the river, look for owls and bats (probably not see any, but we might be lucky).  Return to the Lambton House for lemonade.  Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.; the #55 bus from Jane station stops at the door.

Tue., Aug. 23 – Tuesday Film Night, Runnymede Library, 6 pm.  Spotlight (2015, 129 min.).  Directed by Thomas McCarthy, with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber.  Riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation of allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church.

Wed., Aug 24 – Vegetarians of High Park dinner, Grasshopper Restaurant, 3080 Dundas St. W.,  6:30-8:30 pm.  Join us for dinner again at Grasshopper in the Junction, just west of Quebec Ave.  Grasshopper is an all-vegetarian restaurant, and they give Toronto Vegetarian Association members 5% off.  Because of everyone’s enthusiasm and interest in recipe sharing and meal ideas, we’re going to be recipe swapping at this event! If you can, please bring 15 printouts/copies of your favourite recipe or meal idea. RSVP required by Aug. 18.

Wed., Aug. 31 – Swansea and High Park: Nature and Heritage.  Leader: Ed Freeman.  Meet at 1:30 pm at the northwest corner of Windermere Ave. and the Queensway for a 2-hr linear walk on mostly paved surfaces, flat with some steep slopes and stairs. We will walk past old ponds and observe the problems they present and the transformation from an industrial centre to residential housing, and enjoy nature within High Park. End at Grenadier Restaurant and return home from High Park subway station. Bring curiosity.  A Toronto Field Naturalists walk.

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Sat., Aug. 6 – Youth Comic Illustration Workshop, Runnymede Library, 2-4 pm.  An introduction to illustrating comics! Fun tips and tricks of the pros abound in this course! Illustrator and comic artist Ben Shannon gives a crash, bam, pow course in how you can make your very own comic books at home! Inking, drawing and basic storytelling will all be demoed and then tried by YOU! Who knows, with the skills you learn in this class YOUR comics could one day be on the shelves of the Toronto Public Library! What are you waiting for?! Sign up today!  For youth ages 12-19. To register, call 416-393-7697 or email runnymedeteens@torontopubliclibrary.ca. Supplies provided.

Register Now to Volunteer for Cyber Seniors in October:  Are you 13-19 years old? Are you good with computers?  Volunteer for the Runnymede Library’s Cyber Seniors (55+) program!  Cyber Seniors pairs youth volunteers with older adults for one-on-one computer help and support. The goal is “to engage youth mentors in bridging the technology gap by empowering older adults to use technology to expand their social and physical worlds.” We are looking for youth volunteers who enjoy teaching, meeting new people and who are tech-savvy. Training and orientation will be provided.  Commitment requirement is three times a week for two non-consecutive weeks: Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 18-20, 4-5:30pm.  Applications are available at the Runnymede Library. For more information, ask in person, email runnymedeteens@torontopubliclibrary.ca or call 416-393-7697.

Consider also these may-be-good-for-teens events listed in the adult or children’s calendars:
▪ Sundays 10-11 am, Flow-active’s Free Yoga in High Park is back!   (see adults recurring)
▪ Fridays in August – Anime Screening, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm (see children
▪ Tue., Aug. 23 – Tuesday Film Night, Runnymede Library, 6 pm.  Spotlight (2015, 129 min.).
▪ Tue., Aug. 30 – The StreetKnit Project, 6:30-8:15 pm, Annette St. Library (see adults recurring)

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Mondays/Tuesday in August – Afternoon at the Movies, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-4 pm.  Go wild this summer and enjoy a selection of feature films on Monday afternoons.  Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for pre-school and school-age children.
• Mon., Aug. 2 (libraries closed Aug. 1):  A Bug’s Life
• Tue., Aug 8:  Nut Job
• Tue., Aug. 15: Jungle Book (1967 animated film, not recent remake)

Tuesdays in August (Aug. 2 & 9), Storytime in the Park, Runnymede Library, 10-10:30 am.  Join us for summer stories, songs and rhymes in the park behind the Runnymede Library. This is a “bring your own blanket” event.  Drop-in program.  Series: Ready for Reading Storytimes; for pre-school children.

Tuesdays in August (Aug. 9 & 16) – Preschool Time: Wild, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-2:45 pm.  “Wild” stories, songs, rhymes and crafts for children age 3 – 5 years with their parents or caregivers.

Wednesdays in August (Aug. 3, 10, 17) – A Gathering of Wildlings, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  Bring your wild side to the library every week, and participate in fun games, crafts, and activities!  No registration is required. Please call 416-394-1014 for more information.  Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for pre-school and school-age children.

Fridays in August – Anime Screening, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  Bring your friends and enjoy a selection of anime straight from Japan.  Please note: Anime will be subtitled in English but spoken in Japanese. Anime shown will be for ages 12 and up.
• Aug. 5 – Kiznaiver
• Aug. 12 – Twin Star Exorcists (Sousei no Onmyouji)
• Aug. 19 – Sailor Moon Crystal

Wed., Aug. 3 – Wild Instrument Craft, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm.  Join us Wednesday afternoon for wacky and wild games, challenges and crafts.  Make your very own maraca and alligator castanets. Olé!  Drop-in program, ages 5 & up.   Groups please contact the branch in advance, 416-393-7697.  Series:  TD Summer Reading Club; for school-age children.

Wed., Aug. 3 – The Bubbleology Show, Annette St. Library, 2-3 pm.  Bubbleologists wield a huge range of exciting bubble tools and perform tricks to wow, surprise and enchant audiences of all ages and of any size… from the teeniest bubbles, humungous bubbles the size of a mammoth, square bubbles, bubble caterpillars, flaming bubbles, glow in the dark bubbles, bubbles filled with smoke, whatever can be done with bubbles to break the barriers of science we do.  For school-age children.

Thu., Aug. 4 – Kids’ Magic Show with Magician Scott Dietrich, Swansea Town Hall, 10-11:15 am.  Prepare to be amazed by magician Scott Dietrich and his helper Sir Walken the magic bunny! Lots of audience participation. Drop-in program, suitable for ages 4-8.

Thu., Aug. 4 – La danse du jongleur / The Dancing Juggler, Jane/Dundas Library, 10:30-11:30 am.  La danse du jongleur est un mélange parfait de musique, comédie et jonglerie! Ce spectacle interactif est parfait pour faire connaitre aux tout-petits le monde merveilleux des arts de performance.  The Dancing Juggler is a perfect blend of comedy, music and juggling. This interactive show is the ideal introduction for young children to the world of live performance.  For school-age children, no registration required.

Wed., Aug. 10 – Applefun Puppetry: Jungle Trek, Runnymede Library, 2-2:45 pm.  Boldly go where few puppets have gone before! The jungle is a peaceful place . . . until some nutty space explorers arrive. Join Applefun Puppetry for interactive fun. Afterwards, everyone will learn how to make a paper puppet to take home.  Suitable for ages 3-9.  Tickets will be available 30 minutes before the start of the show.

Wed., Aug. 10 – Go Wild with LEGO, Annette St. Library, 2-3 pm.  Have fun building with Lego – let your imagination run wild!   Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for school-age children.

Thu., Aug. 11 – Wild Bingo, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  Bring your friends and come play a wild game of bingo for a chance to win prizes!  Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for pre-school and school-age children.

Sat., Aug. 13 – Build a Skateboard Pencil Box, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W., 10 am-12 noon. Kids will learn how to build a Skateboard Pencil Box (See illustration at website) with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions.  A free hands-on workshop designed for children ages 5-12.

Wed., Aug. 17 – The Twisted Balloon Show, Annette St. Library, 2-3 pm.  Imagine a group of children learning the art of balloon twisting through a colourful step by step process. Imagine excited screams and laughter as a whole crowd of children wave their balloons in the air. It’s not a quiet experience, but it’s a great one. Children learn a new art form with tons of enthusiasm and fun!Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for school-age children.

Thu., Aug. 18 – A Celebration of Wild Summer Reading, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  Join us for a wild celebration of summer reading by the amazing Jane/Dundas Wildlings. There will be games, prizes and fun for all!  Please call 416-394-1014 for more information.  Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for pre-school and school-age children.

Wed., Aug. 24 – Cartoon Coach, Annette St. Library, 2-3 pm.  Learn drawing techniques for cartoons and animation. Limited to 20 participants, ages 7 and older.  Please register in the library or by phone 416-393-7692.  For more information visit cartooncoach.ca    Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for school-age children.

Wed., Aug. 31 – Summer Reading Club Wrap up and Button Making, Annette St. Library, 2-3 pm.  Help us celebrate another fun summer reading club and make a special button.  Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for school-age children.

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.  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 to 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
•   Aug. 7:   Caterpillars, Moths, and Butterflies, Science teacher and writer Don Scallen shares knowledge of these beautiful creatures. Very interactive and a favourite with children.
•  Aug. 21:  Native Wildflowers, High Park Nature leader Karen Yukich tours natural restoration sites, explaining the work done to return the park’s plant life to its original beauty.

High Park Stewards, fall/summer work sessions on Sundays, meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant, 10:30 am -12:30 pm.  Aug. 14 and 28: Weeding and Watering in the Tablelands.  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 August, 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 the summer.

Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (but not July, Aug., Dec.), 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.

The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (Aug. 30), 6:30-8:15 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, 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 (but no meetings June-Aug.), 7 pm, Indian Rd. Crescent P.S., 2nd floor teachers’ lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cres.   

Swansea Horticultural Society Meeting, fourth Wednesday (but not July or Aug.), Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor), 7:30 pm.  For more information, call call Beverly Donnelly, 416-766-8852.

Bats, Birds, and Bees: walks and talks in High Park, Wednesday evenings, High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colborne Lodge Dr.  Recommended donation of $2-$5; for adults and youth ages 8+.
•   Aug. 3Avian Urbanites: Chimney Swifts in Toronto, 7:30-9:15 with Dan Riley.  Often referred to as “cigars with wings,” Chimney Swifts can be seen wheeling around the sky high above the city during the summer months.
•   Aug. 17:  Bat Research at the ROM: From Toronto to the Tropics, 7-9 pm. Join Dr. Burton Lin of the Royal Ontario Museum to learn about the Ontario Bioblitz, bat fieldwork in tropical countries, and research on the evolution and biodiversity of bats throughout the world.
•   Aug. 31: Nighthawk Count with Emily Rondel, 7 pm. One of the more easily recognized birds of our city, Common Nighthawks are still mysterious and poorly understood.  They are almost impossible to find during certain parts of their life cycle, and little is known about their habits here.

Thursday evenings at the Lodge, through September, 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.”

Family Nature Walks.  Thursdays, 6-7:30 pm (unless otherwise stated).  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.  Supported by Toronto Field Naturalists.
•   Aug. 11Sensing the Savannah.  Did you know that High Park is home to the fourth largest remnant of Black Oak Savannah left in Ontario? Explore the savannah & learn about the flora and fauna that reside here.
•   Aug. 18Nature Journaling.  Make a simple nature journal and discover some ways to use it. We will be hiking to several areas of the park to try some journal activities. What a great summer project for the whole family!
•   Aug. 25Fairies and Gnomes of High Park.  Enter the magical woodlands where fairies and gnomes roam. We will follow their trails of wisdom and offer them help.

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 August, 10 am-12 pm, Annette St. Library.  Join other knitters to knit together in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Some instruction provided to beginners.  Bring your own wool and needles.

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.

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.).

Note:  Local library book clubs are all in hiatus for the summer.

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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Update to July e-newsletter

Thu., July 21 – Local Town Hall on Climate Change, Roncesvalles United Church, 214 Wright Ave., 7-8:30 pm.  Public consultation sponsored by MP Arif Virani, where ideas will be exchanged and then submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. This event is going to be well attended and seating capacity is limited, so please register at the website above to reserve a seat.  Also keep in mind the six policy measures that Green 13, and over 70 other groups across Canada, urge this government to endorse and implement in order to effectively address climate change.
From Green 13:  “Minister McKenna has established a web portal www.canada.ca/climateaction, through which Canadians are invited to submit ideas which will be reviewed by working group members, and incorporated into the report they are preparing this summer. They continue to accept ideas and comments.”

Sat., July 23 – Ball and Supper at the Crown Inn, Montgomery’s Inn, 2:30-10 pm.  To continue with Emma-themed activities, JaneAustenDancing will reconstruct the Ball at the Crown Inn that is one of the highlights of Austen’s novel.  We will enjoy a ball with live music and an elegant Regency ball supper mid-way through the evening.  This will be a very special event — many of the supper dishes are taken from the book.  Tickets must be booked by Sat., July 16.

JRA e-newsletter – July 2016

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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.

From Councillor Perks:  Introducing MyWaterToronto: Keep track of your water use and save this summer.   With the warm weather here, residents are reminded that they can track their water use online with MyWaterToronto, a new tool from the City of Toronto that allows customers to view their water use by day, week, month or year.  Customers can assess the tool by visiting www.toronto.ca/mywatertoronto and entering their utility account information.  For tips on how to save water at home, in the garden and at work, visit: www.toronto.ca/waterefficiency


From Councillor Doucette:

A full report of the current status (as of June 23) of the 731 Runnymede Rd Shelter proposal is at the link shown.  If you are concerned about this issue, please call Councillor Doucette’s office at (416) 392-4072.  More from Councillor Doucette, as of June 29.

Welcoming refugees in Ward 13:  Local group Swansea Welcomes Refugees held a fundraising “Book and Bake Sale for Syria” this past Saturday at the Runnymede library. It was an honour to attend and see the tremendous support for welcoming newcomers to our community. To find out more about Swansea Welcomes Refugees, visit their website: http://www.swanseawelcomesrefugees.org/

Residents invited to help shape the future of Toronto’s ravines:  The City of Toronto has been working with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and consulting with the public and a wide range of stakeholders since early 2015 to develop a strategy on Toronto’s ravines.  All Torontonians are invited to provide input by participating in the upcoming Ravine Strategy pop-up consultations.  There is one close to us on Sat., July 30 at the Junction Farmers Market, 9 am-1 pm.  Members of the public are encouraged to check http://www.toronto.ca/ravinestrategy for the most up-to-date schedule of meetings in the City, and for more information about the strategy as it develops.

High Park Splash Pad Open:  On June 2, the new splash pad in High Park was inspected, approved and opened to the public. Located in the north part of the park near the existing wading pool, this feature will help keep kids cool during the summer ahead. The splash pad will be open daily until 8:30 pm until fall.


By the way, wading pools across the city open on June 30.  Here are those near us:
•  North of Bloor, west of Keele:  Beresford Park, Ravina Gardens, Lithuania Park, Vine Avenue Playground, Runnymede Park
•  North of Bloor, east of Keele:  Baird Park, Chelsea Avenue Playground, Carlton Park, Pelham Avenue Playground, Campbell Avenue Playground, Wadsworth Park
•  South of Bloor, west of Keele:  Rennie Park, Sunnyside Park, Sir Cazimir Gzowski Park, High Park 

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Wanted: E-newsletter editor.  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!

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Paintings and Mixed Media, Runnymede Library.   Exhibit of works by Nazneen Islam, during the month of July.

Living and Learning with Baby, Jane/Dundas Library, eight Fridays in July and August (begins July 8), 11 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.

“Discover Canada” Citizenship Education Mentoring Circle, Jane/Dundas Library, Mondays in July, 10 am-12:30 pm.  Enjoy learning about Canada’s history and practice for the Canadian Citizenship Test, while enhancing your English reading skills!  Attend one or all sessions.  Free, for landed immigrants and convention refugees, 19 years and older with LINC Level 4 and higher.  To register, call or email Lily Krowiak 416-588-6288 x213 or lkrowiak@culturelink.ca.

Thursday evenings at the Lodge, through September, 4:30-7 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 West End Walking Group will be resuming on Wednesdays at 10:30 am beginning June 22. 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.

Flow-active’s Free Yoga in High Park is back!  Meet in High Park, west of the Bloor St. & High Park Ave. entrance, Sundays 10-11 am until Sep. 18 (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!

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Note:  All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.

Fri., July 1 – Canada Day BBQ, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 11 am-2 pm.  Join us for our annual BBQ on the front porch of Lambton HouseFamily fare food with traditional beef sandwiches and cold drinks will be available at this community fundraiser.

Fri., July 1 – Canada Day Celebration with MP Arif Virani, High Park (near High Park Ave./Bloor St. entrance), 12-2 pm.  Bring the family and let the kids enjoy activities, games, face painting,  and more.  Let’s celebrate our national pride together, and wear your red and white!

Tue., July 5 –  Eglinton Flats: Three Centuries of Canada’s Story, nature and heritage walk from 10:30 am.  Leader: Madeleine McDowell.  Meet at the northwest corner of Scarlett Rd. and Eglinton Ave. W. for a 3-km. circular walk on mostly unpaved surfaces with some gentle and steep slopes. Two hours or more. We will cross the Humber bridge to the east bank and experience the vistas en route. We will see a native Birch circle, the campsite of Lt. Governor Simcoe from 1793 and the bridge and mill site of John Scarlett from the 1850s. We will see some beautiful habitat, the power of the river and possibly some fossils. Bring snacks, cameras, shoes suitable for damp conditions and insect repellent.  A Toronto Field Naturalists walk.

Tue., July 5 – Bloor West Village Wellness Tour, 7:15-9 pm or so (location sent upon registration).  A behind-the-scenes look at local venues, businesses, and shops, with a fun experience and/or swag at each.  Sponsored by The Westside’s Story.  Cost: $30/person, 10 people maximum.  To reserve, pay on the website.  This time, visit:
•   7:15 pm: Peachtree Health Foods will welcome everyone with a delicious smoothie and teach us about the benefits of a selection of health products.
•   8 pm: Work off that smoothie at Generate, where Portia will lead a circuit class.
•   8:45 pm: At Clary Sage Whole Health Studio, Giovanni will discuss the benefits of cosmetic acupuncture and different modalities used in Chinese Medicine, and provide a fire cupping demonstration. You will also receive a gift certificate.

Sat., July 9 – Please donate blood at Swansea Town Hall, 9 am-2 pm, Rousseau Room, main floor. Please bring your donor or ID card.  For more information, call 416-974-9900 or see Canadian Blood Services website.

Sat., July 9 – An Afternoon with Alda Sigmundsdóttir, Annette St. Library, 2-4 pm.  Alda Sigmundsdóttir is an author, journalist and consultant on all matters concerning Iceland. She has written six books on Iceland, and has consulted and reported to many English-Icelandic news sources about this small volcanic island that so stirs the imagination.  Join us for an afternoon with Alda as she talks about Iceland, her books, her life and her process.  She launches her new book, The Little Book of Icelandic.  To learn more about Alda and her books, go to www.aldasigmunds.com.

Wed., July 13 – A satellite event of the Toronto Maker Festival, an interactive evening at Colborne Lodge, 6-8 pm.  The High Park home of 19th-century Toronto architect, surveyor, city builder, early adopter and all around tinkerer, John George Howard.  Explore the Lodge with the ropes down and the doors open – and a license to be curious. As a Museum Anarchist, tell us what you like, what you don’t like and what you would do if you ran the Lodge. Click here for details and to buy your tickets online.

Sat., July 16 – Bloor West Village Summer Kids Festival, 10am-9pm.  Features a bouncy castle, jugglers and a variety of children’s activities.  Entertainment at 8 pm.  Sponsored by the Bloor West Village BIA.

Sat., July 16 – Junction Night Market, Dundas St. W. & Pacific Ave., 7-11 pm.  A community celebration of tasty local food and drink, with food and drink tickets available at $5 each.  The Junction Night Market helps to fund local food programs such as the Junction Farmers Market, and Four Villages’ voucher program that helps people in our community access local, fresh and healthy food.  Stay tuned for a list of the local restaurants, chefs, breweries and cideries who will be joining us this year! Find out more on the Facebook event page.

Sun., July 17 – “James Ellis: Architect of the Junction,” Heritage Toronto/West Toronto Junction Historical Society Walking Tour, from Keele St. and Dundas St. W. to Junction Shul (56 Maria St.), 1:30-3 pm.  Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood was once a small railway town, and James Ellis was its premier architect. This tour explores Ellis’ remarkable work and visits buildings he designed and frequented.  Tour is open to all at no charge, but donations of $5-$10 are encouraged.  Register at website.

Sun., July 17 – What’s in a Name? Historic Meadow Creek walk, 2 pm. Meet at Lawrence Ave. W. and Duval Dr. (east of Keele at the north side TTC stop) for a linear walk along a live tributary to Black Creek, ending at Rustic Drive, east of Keele. The stream’s ravine holds secrets of the urban wild and wears the many names this relatively unknown creek has been assigned over the years. Paved park trails with washrooms at the rallying point. Leaders: Ian Wheal, Helen Mills, John Wilson.  A Lost Rivers walk, joint with Toronto Green Community..

Tue., July 19 – Historic Lambton Park, nature and heritage walk, from 10 am.  Leader: Madeleine McDowell.  Meet at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St (#55 Warren Park bus from Jane subway station stops at the door). We will take a 2-hr+ circular route with some stairs, mostly unpaved and uneven surfaces, gentle slopes with some steep slopes. Washrooms at beginning of walk. We will climb the steps to Dundas St and cross into the park. We will compare changes over the past century and a half with photos and accounts of previous adventures. The habitat is Carolinian Oak Savannah and we will follow the Humber back to Lambton House where we will have a cup of tea.  Bring lunch and /or snacks. Binoculars and cameras might be useful.  A Toronto Field Naturalists walk.

Tue., July 19 – Tuesday Film Night, Runnymede Library, 6 pm.  Macbeth (2016, 113 min.).  Directed by Justin Kurzel, with Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard.  A thrilling interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, and a dramatic re-imagining of the realities of war-torn times.

Sat., July 30 – Pop-up Consultation for Ravine Strategy, Junction Farmers Market, 9 am-1 pm.  See more information at the top of this newsletter, News.

Mon., Aug. 1 – Civic Holiday (not an official state holiday), but libraries and other facilities will be closed.

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Consider also these may-be-good-for-teens events listed in the adult or children’s calendars:
▪ Sundays 10-11 am, Flow-active’s Free Yoga in High Park is back!  See above in New Ongoing Events.
▪ Fri., July 1 – Canada Day Celebration with MP Arif Virani, High Park, 12-2 pm
▪ Fri., July 1 – Canada Day BBQ, Lambton House, 11am-2pm
▪ Sat., July 9 – An Afternoon with Alda Sigmundsdóttir, Annette St. Library, 2-4 pm.
▪ Wed., July 13 – A satellite event of the Toronto Maker Festival, Colborne Lodge, 6-8 pm.
▪ Sun., July 17 – “James Ellis: Architect of the Junction,” Heritage Toronto Walking Tour, 1:30-3 pm.  And see other walks on July 17 and July 19.
▪ Tue., July 19 – Tuesday Film Night, Runnymede Library, 6 pm.  Macbeth (2016, 113 min.).
▪ Wed., July 20 – Film: Zootopia, Runnymede Library, 2-4 pm.

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Mondays in July – Afternoon at the Movies, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-4 pm.  Go wild this summer and enjoy a selection of feature films on Monday afternoons.  Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for pre-school and school-age children.
• July 4:  Madagascar
• July 11:  Zootopia
• July 18: The Lion King
• July 25: Norm of the North

Tuesdays in July (to Aug. 9), Storytime in the Park, Runnymede Library, 10-10:30 am.  Join us for summer stories, songs and rhymes in the park behind the Runnymede Library. This is a “bring your own blanket” event.  Drop-in program.  Series: Ready for Reading Storytimes; for pre-school children.

Wednesdays in July – A Gathering of Wildlings, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  Bring your wild side to the library every week, and participate in fun games, crafts, and activities!  No registration is required. Please call 416-394-1014 for more information.  Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for pre-school and school-age children.

Wed., July 6 – Wild Crafts, Runnymede Library, 2-2:45 pm.  Join us Wednesday afternoon for wacky and wild games, challenges and crafts.  Drop-in program.   Groups please contact the branch in advance, 416-393-7697.  Series:  TD Summer Reading Club; for school-age children.

Thu., July 7 – Wild with David Fox,   Musician David Fox will be taking everyone on a wild romp with musical entertainment! For children ages 3 and up.  Tickets will be handed out 30 minutes before the program starts. Please call 416-394-1014 for more information.  Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for school-age children.

Wed., July 13 – Reptilia, Runnymede Library, 2-2:45 pm.  Learn about the amazing world of reptiles from the staff of Reptilia Zoo in Vaughan. This is a unique opportunity to see these wondrous creatures up close.  Tickets will be available 30 minutes before the start of the program.  Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for school-age children.

Thu., July 14 – Wild Bingo, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  Bring your friends and come play a wild game of bingo for a chance to win prizes!  Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for pre-school and school-age children.  Also on July 28 and Aug. 11.

Wed., July 20 – Théâtre interactif avec Grace [Interactive theatre with Grace], Annette St. Library, 2-3 pm.  L’histoire du Canada n’a jamais été aussi amusante!  L’inscription n’est pas nécessaire.  [The history of Canada has never been so much fun!  No registration required.]  Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for school-age children.

Wed., July 20 – Film: Zootopia, Runnymede Library, 2-4 pm.  In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy. Rated G, 108 mins.  Series: TD Summer Reading Club; drop-in; for children of all ages.

Thu., July 21 – Rock-a-bye Zoo Baby, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm. Toronto Zoo staff have been singing a lot of nursery songs this past year, with the arrival of a polar bear cub, two giant panda cubs, three baby desert grassland whiptails and four white lion cubs. Join us as we learn more about these very special zoo babies!  Please note that this program is NOT a live animal show.  Tickets will be handed out 30 minutes before the program starts. Please call 416-394-1014 for more information.  Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for pre-school and school-age children.

Wed., July 27 – Super-Duper Monster Viewer, Runnymede Library, 2-2:45 pm.  Imagine that you are holding a device that will allow you to see the monsters that live invisibly all around us. All you have to do is follow the simple instructions and…total chaos!  Such is the imagination of Kevin Sylvester — award-winning illustrator, author, artist, and CBC broadcaster. Join us for a wild afternoon with Kevin.  Tickets will be available 30 minutes before the start of the program.  Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for pre-school and school-age children.

Thu., July 28 – Wild Bingo, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  Bring your friends and come play a wild game of bingo for a chance to win prizes!  Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for pre-school and school-age children.  Also on July 14 and Aug. 11.

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

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High Park Walks, first and third Sundays, 10:30 am to 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
•  July 3:   More Bees, Please, Scott MacIvor
•  July 17 Exploring Spring Creek Ravine, Stephen Smith

High Park Stewards, fall/summer work sessions on Sundays, meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant, 10:30 am -1 pm.  July 10 and July 24: Invasive Management/Site Maintenance.  These sessions are subject to change based on weather and need; check beforehand by going to www.highparknature.org.

Lambton House Open House, Sundays in July, 12:30-4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Guided tours; refreshments available; a goodwill offering is appreciated.  “Please call about noon (416-767-5472) to confirm that we are open on a given Sunday, as sometimes the facility is rented.”

Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (but not July, Aug., Dec.), 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.

The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (July 26), 6:30-8:15 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, email us at streetknit@gmail.com

West Bend Community Association meeting, third Wednesday (but no meetings June – Aug.), 7 pm, Indian Rd. Crescent P.S., 2nd floor teachers’ lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cres.   

Swansea Horticultural Society Meeting, fourth Wednesday (but not July or Aug.), Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor), 7:30 pm.  For more information, call call Beverly Donnelly, 416-766-8852.

Bats, Birds, and Bees: walks and talks in High Park, Wednesdays, 7:30 pm. High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colborne Lodge Dr.  Recommended donation of $2-$5; for adults and youth ages 8+.
•   July 6Echolocation: Who Uses it and Why.  Learn more about how echolocation works and why different animals use it. Dr. John Ratcliffe will discuss bat echolocation but will also reveal other animals who echolocate.
•   July 13:  High Park and Toronto’s Wild Bees.  Dr. Scott McIvor.  High Park is a significant resource for Toronto’s wild bees. More than 300 species are found in the Toronto area, and many find High Park an excellent place to live. Learn about High Park’s wild bees and some of the features of the park that greatly improve their biodiversity.
•   July 20Bees: Diversity and Importance.  There are over 20,000 species of bee in the world; in this talk Dr. Laurence Packer will talk about the diversity of bees and outline their importance for our food and environmental monitoring.
•   July 27Tracking Birds and Butterflies Across International Borders.  Dr. Ryan Norris will tell us how we’ve uncovered some incredible migrations, and then will show why tracking migratory animals is fundamental to our understanding of the effects of environment change.

Family Nature Walks.  Thursdays, 6-7:30 pm (unless otherwise stated).  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.  Supported by Toronto Field Naturalists.
•   July 14Trees of High Park.  Join our young naturalists and learn basic tree identification skills.
•   July 21Orienteering.  Learn how to use a map and compass and then use your new skills to look for our hidden orienteering stations.
•   July 28Moth Night.  Discover the “butterflies of the night” at the annual High Park Moth Night. Please bring your flashlights and insect collection containers.  Note:  8:15-10 pm; meet at the benches south of Grenadier Restaurant, and finish at the Forest School.

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

Saturday Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays in July, 10 am-12 pm, Annette St. Library.  Join other knitters to knit together in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Some instruction provided to beginners.  Bring your own wool and needles.

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.

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.).

Note:  Local library book clubs are all in hiatus for the summer.

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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Sat., June 11 – Roncy Rocks Music & Arts Fest West.  From music & fashion to kids activities there is something fun for everyone. Features this year include: 10 hours of live music with headliners The Grapes of Wrath, The Monkey Bunch & NQ Arbuckle!  … A Juried Art Show & Sale, The Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show, Kids Zone, Barbeque Demos, Fashion Shows, Roncy Sidewalk Sale, Outdoor Bistro Seating,  the Official Opening of The Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden, and much more.  Full schedule here.

Mon., June 13 – Information meeting for Ward 13 residents regarding new Runnymede shelter, Annette Recreation Centre, 333 Annette St., 7-8:30 pm. From Councillor Doucette:  “City Staff have recommended a new 24-hour men’s shelter with supportive services be built at 731 Runnymede Road in Ward 11 (just North of Ward 13’s boundary).  Municipal by-laws require residents in the immediate area (250 metres) of a proposed shelter to be notified in writing and for one public information meeting to be held. In Ward 13, only part of Maria St (Runnymede to Gilmour) fell within the 250 metre radius of the proposed shelter. That being said, I know that residents throughout the northern part of Ward 13 have concerns about this shelter and want more information. I am hearing loud and clear that people want to know how this proposal will impact their neighbourhoods.  Join me to hear from City Staff about why this location was chosen, what services will be offered and how our community’s concerns will be addressed.”  For further details, call 416-392-4091 or visit www.ward13.ca

Mon., June 20 – Meeting about 260 High Park Ave., 7-8:30 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W.   The proponent is looking to reuse the vacant church at 260 High Park, and add a four-storey addition to the west and south of the building to accommodate 77 residential apartment units.  For more info, contact councillor_doucette@toronto.ca or 416-392-4072.

Wed., June 22 – Community Consultation Meeting for new construction at High Park Ave. and Bloor St. W.  Meeting to be held at St. Cecilia School, 355 Annette St., 7-8:30 pm.  An application has been made to permit the construction of a three-storey day nursery with retail/service at grade and the construction of 15 micro-retail/service units fronting the TTC bus platform.  For further information, call Councillor Doucette, 416-392-4072.

Sat., June 25 – Baby Point Gates Summer Fest, all day.  The Baby Point Gates BIA will host its annual Summer Fest and sidewalk sale event, featuring special sales, fun and free entertainment and live music performances. Located on Jane Street from Lessard to Montye, and on Annette Street from Jane to Windermere.

Yard Sale is on today!

Weather is predicted to be a little cloudy, no rain, temperature high 23 — see you at Vine St. Parkette!

JRA e-newsletter – June 2016

JRA Annual Community Yard Sale
Sat., June 4

Vine Avenue Parkette, 9 am to 3 pm
Anyone is free to bring items to sell and set up their own sale.  Come and buy cool stuff.
Rain date June 11: There will be a go/no-go notice at junctionra.ca on Saturday morning.

Of particular note, the Junction Seniors members will pool their resources for a third annual big sale on this date and in this place.  If you’d like to donate rummage to the Junction Seniors for this sale, we’ll gladly receive it — on the day, or email beforehand to seniors@junctionra.ca or phone Shirley at 416-762-1841.  In any case, stop by and say hello, and see our stuff!  We’ll be operating 9 am-2 pm.

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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.


June is Bike Month in Toronto, lots of events and opportunities all month; see the website.

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Wanted: E-newsletter editor.  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!


Musical Instrument Lending Library Donation Drive – Toronto Public Library, in partnership with Sun Life Financial, has created the city’s first musical instrument lending library. Instruments can be borrowed for free at Parkdale Library with a library card. Donated instruments will be added to the Lending Library.  Many kinds of gently-used instruments will be accepted until June 30.  Unfortunately, TPL is not able to offer tax receipts as part of this campaign.  For more information, see the link above.

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Lost in Translation  Exhibit of paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, digital works by The Book Club, during the month of June at Runnymede Library.


“Discover Canada” Citizenship Education Mentoring Circle, Jane/Dundas Library, Mondays in June and July, 10 am-12:30 pm.  Enjoy learning about Canada’s history and practice for the Canadian Citizenship Test, while enhancing your English reading skills! Attend 1 or ALL of these 8 sessions for full benefit.  For landed immigrants and convention refugees 19 years and older and with LINC Level 4 and higher.  To register, call or email Lily Krowiak 416-588-6288 x 213 or lkrowiak@culturelink.ca


The Junction Farmers Market, Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm, now through October at the Junction Train Platform (2960 Dundas Street West).


Memory Lane: The Gift of Our Stories.  Over 5 weeks, seniors are invited to hear and share stories about important life experiences and memories.  We can also brainstorm ideas on other ways to share stories: short story, poem, etc.  To be held at Annette Library on Mondays, May 30-June 27, 11:30 am-1 pm (light lunch provided).  Limited to 10 participants; please register in the branch or by phoning 416-393-7692.  Venue is wheelchair accessible, and we can also arrange transportation if desired.  Note: Late and/or occasional participation may be possible; please inquire.


Thursday evenings at the Lodge, June through September, 5 – 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.”

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== and ==  Recurring events  ===
Note:  All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.

Wed., June 1 – Pop-Up Tour:  Bloor West Village Tasting Tour, 7:15-9 pm or so (location sent upon registration).  A behind-the-scenes look at local venues, businesses, and shops, with a fun experience and/or swag at each.  Sponsored by The Westside’s Story.  Cost: $30/person, 10 people maximum.  To reserve, pay on the website.  This time, visit:
• 7:15 pm: Start the tour at Baka Gallery Cafe and enjoy a selection of tasty treats.
• 8 pm: Stop by Zaza Espresso and Gelato for a gelato and espresso pick-me-up.
• 8:45 pm: Sample an array of Latin American delights – and cocktails – at Bloom Restaurant!

Fri.-Sun., June 3-5 – Art Tour 2016, Fri. 6-9 pm, Sat.&Sun. 11 am-5 pm.  Forty artists, 34 locations, free admission.  A showcase for some of the best art in Toronto’s West End.  Art lovers have a unique opportunity to meet the artists and to see their creations.  See map at website.

Fri., June 3 – Community Pub Night at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Doors open 6 pm, music from 8 pm by The Apologists (Jane Drake & Ian Starke – see poster at link).  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., June 4 – JRA annual Community Yard Sale, Vine St. Parkette (north of Dundas at Pacific), 9 am-2 pm.  See more info at top of newsletter.

Sat., June 4 – Buzz on the Bridge, Wallace Ave. pedestrian bridge (east side of Dundas St. W., north of Bloor, near 371 Wallace Ave.), 10 am-6 pm.  Wondering where in Toronto you can do some swing dancing, listen to some local music, decorate a 100-year-old pedestrian bridge, share your thoughts on the future of Toronto, meet new people and entertain the kids, all for FREE?!  On June 4, you can do all this and more!  Come on out and join the fun (part of the 100in1day Festival).  See poster.

Sat., June 4 – Cyber Seniors (55+), Runnymede Library, 10-11:30 am.  Do you need one-on-one help with email, social media, Microsoft Word or other computer topics?  Sign up for the Cyber Seniors, an intergenerational program that pairs youth volunteers with older adults for computer help and support.  It will be held on alternate Saturday mornings in June (again on June 18).  Fill out an application at Runnymede Library.  For more information, call 416-393-7697 or email runnymedeteens@torontopubliclibrary.ca.

Sat., June 4 – West Toronto Lawn Bowling Tournament, Baird Park, 1 pm.  “Team Doucette will be paired up with Team Cheri, meaning, of course, that our opponents Team Perks/Virani will be sobbing into their shirtsleeves because we will be winning the trophy!”

Sat., June 4 – Indian Road Crescent Public School Annual Fun Fair, 285 Indian Rd Crescent, 11 am-3 pm.  This is the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Enjoy rides, games, prizes, barbecue, silent auction and more.

Sat., June 4 – Swansea Historical Society Annual Walking Tour:  “An Introduction to Swansea – Still a Community,” 1:30 pm, start in Neil McClellan Park on the west side of Runnymede Road, across from the Runnymede subway station, and finish with refreshments at the Swansea Town Hall.  Questions to swanseahistoricalsociety@gmail.com

Tue., June 7 – Downsizing Decisions, Runnymede Library, 3-4 pm.  The real estate market is hot! Should you stay in your house or move? Deirdre Slowey, Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), specializes in properties for older adults and will discuss the factors to consider when making your decision.  Downsizing can be stressful — Christine Janes from Homepuzzle will outline strategies for deciding what to keep and what to throw.

Tue., June 7 – Pop-Up Tour:  Bloor West Wellness Tour, 7:15-9 pm or so (location sent upon registration). A behind-the-scenes look at local venues, businesses, and shops, with a fun experience and/or swag at each.  Sponsored by The Westside’s Story.  Cost: $30/person, 10 people maximum.  To reserve, pay on the website.  This time, visit:
•  7:15 pm: Peachtree Health Foods will welcome everyone with a delicious smoothie and teach us about the benefits of a selection of health products.
•  8 pm: Work off that smoothie at Generate, where Portia will lead a circuit class.
•  8:45 pm: At Clary Sage Whole Health Studio, Giovanni will discuss the benefits of cosmetic acupuncture and different modalities used in Chinese Medicine, and provide a fire cupping demonstration. You will also receive a gift certificate.

Thu., June 9 – Heritage Talk: “Exploring the 12,000 Years of Indigenous History in Toronto,” Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 7:30 pm (doors open 7 pm).  Join us for a presentation by First Story detailing their mobile App and Tours exploring Toronto’s Indigenous history.  Doors open at 7:00 and the talk starts at 7:30.  A free will offering would be appreciated.

Sat., June 11 – Play Reading Group, Annette St. Library, 1-4 pm.  Like reading aloud? Enjoy theatre?  Join us for a free community play-reading group, this time reading Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Led by theatre-lover/actor Carina Cojeen, this month’s host is Debbie, Co-Organizer.  For more information, check out the Meetup website.  Free; all welcome; no experience necessary.

Sat., June 11 – Wanda Street Party: 2:30 pm for kids’ activities, 5 pm for potluck supper, 6 pm for a tribute to our wonderful Romero House, and 6:30 pm for the talent show!  Wanda Rd. is a two-block east-west street lying east of Keele and north of Bloor.  (See poster halfway down the linked page.)  Everyone is welcome.  If you’ve never attended the Wanda Street Party, come find out what brings everybody back year after year!

Sun., June 12 – Family Fundraiser by Safe Rail Communities, Vine Ave. Playground, 1:30-5:30 pm.  Munchies, kids’ activities, silent auction, guaranteed family fun!  Bring a picnic blanket and grab a bite to eat from our BBQ.  Join our Hoop-a-thon team!  If you don’t have a hoop, you can borrow one of ours and we’ll have free hooping lessons.  Together with your help we can support our community and stand up for safe, transparent, and regulated rail.

Sun., June 12 – Choral Evensong followed by Strawberry Tea and Royal Best, St. Olave’s Church, Bloor and Windermere, 4 pm.  St. Olave’s Arts Guild and Consort mark the official 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a glorious celebration of drama, poetry, music and songs, from the first Elizabethan Age to the present.

Tue., June 14 – Prosperity in Retirement, Runnymede Library, 3-4 pm.  Viera Kononenkova, mortgage specialist, and Ingrid Denda, Certified Financial Planner, will discuss how to unlock the equity in your home.  Potentially an essential element in retirement planning.

Tue., June 14 – Tuesday Film Night, Runnymede Library, 6 pm.  Youth (2015, 124 mins.).  Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, with Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz.  A retired orchestra conductor is on holiday with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from the Queen to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday.

Tue., June 14 – Stop Plastic Pollution Now!, Annette St. Library, 6:15-8:30 pm.  Scientists are saying that plastic pollution is as big a threat to the environment as climate change.  StopPlastics will present information about plastic, the problems it poses, and why plastic pollution must be stopped at its source.  and will be screening a short film and slideshow.  They urge the public to join them in their current campaign to stop plastic pollution by convincing Toronto City Council to ban plastic bags. Did you know that Fort McMurray has banned the single-use plastic bag?  As has Iqualuit, and 172 other cities, and several countries. Come and learn more.  Sponsored by Green13 and Annette Library.

Tue., June 14 – Cheri DiNovo’s 7th Annual Community Appreciation Gala, Lithuanian Hall, 1573 Bloor St. W., 6:30-8 pm. Celebrate our community with a delicious dinner, delightful entertainment and gratitude for our wonderful Parkdale–High Park.  Free and open to the entire community; RSVP at the link for your ticket — they may run out!

Tue., June 14 – Lambton House AGM, 4066 Old Dundas St., doors open at 6:45.  Our guest speaker will be Toronto Field Naturalists’ Vice-President Charles Bruce-Thompson.

Thu.-Sun., June 16-19 – Bloor West Village Sidewalk Sale, 10 am-4 pm, Bloor Street West.

Fri., June 17 – A Supper at Hartfield, Montgomery’s Inn.  Supper by candlelight, with all dishes taken from Jane Austen’s 1816 novel Emma.  Sponsored by JaneAustenDancing group.  Tickets must be purchased by Fri., June 11.  Menu details, schedule and registration forms will be posted on the above website soon.

Sat., June 18 – Cyber Seniors (55+), Runnymede Library, 10-11:30 am.  Do you need one-on-one help with email, social media, Microsoft Word or other computer topics?  Sign up for the Cyber Seniors, an intergenerational program that pairs youth volunteers with older adults for computer help and support.  It will be held on alternate Saturday mornings in June (also on June 4).  Fill out an application at Runnymede Library.  For more information, call 416-393-7697 or email runnymedeteens@torontopubliclibrary.ca.

Sat., June 18 – The Junction Summer Solstice Festival, noon-midnight.  Acrobats and buskers | art installations and workshops |  laneway crawl | live mural project | late-night shopping | musicians  | projection show |  #JunctionSolstice photo contest

Sun., June 19 – Lost Rivers Walk: The Laurentian Channel: A Long Lost River, 2 pm (meet at the southwest corner of Bloor St. W. and Indian Rd. (2 blocks east of Keele)). We will explore the origin, course and significance of one of the remaining ancient rivers in southern Ontario, which continues to flow today. Deep underground, it links Georgian Bay to Lake Ontario, passing under High Park. Its waters were unexpectedly brought to the surface by city workers in 2003, and tell the story of its source and significance. Leaders: Helen Mills, Bill Clarke and Paul Overy.

Wed., June 22 –  Stratford Festival HD Production Screening: King Lear, Annette St. Library, 2-3:45 pm.  An aging monarch resolves to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, with consequences he little expects. His reason shattered in the storm of violent emotion that ensues, with his very life hanging in the balance, Lear loses everything that has defined him as a king — and thereby discovers the essence of his own humanity.

Thu., June 23 – International Affairs Discussion Group, Annette St. Library, 2:30-4 pm.  Well-known historian Keith Hyde starts 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 emphasis on war and conflict.

Sat., June 25 – Baby Point BIA Annual Summer Fest.  Street fest attendees can expect a diverse range of musical acts, family friendly entertainment and fantastic shopping options.

Thu., June 30 – Vegetarians of High Park Dinner at Grasshopper restaurant, 3080 Dundas St. W. (just west of Quebec), 6:30 pm. Grasshopper is an all vegetarian restaurant, and on Thursdays they bring in donuts from Beechwood Donuts!  They also give Toronto Vegetarian Association members 5% off.  RSVP to highpark@veg.ca required by Thu., June 23.

Fri., July 1 – Canada Day BBQ, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 11 am-2 pm.  Join us for our annual BBQ on the front porch of Lambton House.

=====   Events especially for teens    =====

Ongoing:  Cyber Seniors – Youth Volunteers, Runnymede Library, must apply by June 17 for summer session.  Want to earn volunteer hours this summer?  Volunteer for the Runnymede Library’s Cyber Seniors program, an intergenerational program that pairs youth volunteers with older adults for one-on-one computer help and support.  We are looking for youth volunteers who enjoy teaching, meeting new people and who are tech-savvy.  Commitment requirement is once a week for four weeks. Training and orientation will be provided. For youth ages 13-19.  Applications are available at the Runnymede Library.  For more information, call 416-393-7697 or email runnymedeteens@torontopubliclibrary.ca

Tue., June 21 – Runnymede Youth Advisory Group meets monthly except July and August, 4:30-5:30 pm.  This will be the final meeting until September.  For youth ages 13-19.  For more info, call 416-393-7697.

Consider also these may-be-good-for-teens events listed in the adult or children’s calendars:
▪  June is Bike Month in Toronto, lots of events all month; see the website.
▪  Fri.-Sun., June 3-5 – Art Tour 2016, Fri. 6-9 pm, Sat.&Sun. 11 am-5 pm
▪  Sat., June 4 – Buzz on the Bridge, Wallace Ave. pedestrian bridge, 10 am-6 pm
▪  Tue., June 7 and 21 – Aboriginal History Month – Family Film Night, 6:30-8 pm
▪  Fri., June 10 – Afternoon at the Movies, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-4:30 pm.
▪  Sat., June 11 – Wanda Street Party, from 2:30 pm
▪  Sun., June 12 – Family Fundraiser by Safe Rail Communities, Vine Ave. Parkette, 1:30-5:30 pm
▪  Tue., June 14 – Stop Plastic Pollution Now!, Annette St. Library, 6:15-8:30 pm
▪  Fri., June 17 – Red Slam Collective – 4 Directions Hip Hop Fusion, 12:30-1:30 pm
▪  Sun., June 19 – Lost Rivers Walk: The Laurentian Channel: A Long Lost River, 2 pm
▪  Wed., June 22 –  Stratford Festival HD Screening: King Lear, Annette St. Library, 2-3:45 pm

  =====    Events for children and families (in chronological order)  ===== 

Thu., June 2 – Mini Scientists, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  Listen to stories, participate in experiments, and learn something new! Each month we will discover a different science related theme! For children ages 3-5 with their parents or caregivers.

Mon., June 6 –  French Story Time / Heure du conte, Runnymede Library, 6:45-7:30 pm.  Venez-vous joindre à nous pour une série speciale de l’heure du conte en français pour les enfants de 4 à 8 ans et leur famille. / Join us this spring for a special French story time for children ages 4 to 8 and their families.  Drop-in program.  Repeats on June 13.

Tue., June 7 – Aboriginal History Month – Family Film Night, Annette St. Library, 6:30-8 pm. This year the National Film Board of Canada has curated a number of family-friendly, general audience short films to celebrate Aboriginal History Month – 8 different films made over 4 decades. From animation to 3D modelling, Mi’qmaq traditions to Inuit language, these films preserve Indigenous stories, legends, beliefs, and history that may in time disappear.  All ages welcome! The same films will be shown also on Tue., June 21.

Fri., June 10 – Time Travelers PA Day Camp, Colborne Lodge, 9 am-4:30 pm.  Ages 7-10, $37.20 per child plus tax.  See the website for program and registration.

Fri., June 10 – Afternoon at the Movies, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-4:30 pm.  Looking for something to do on your P.A. Day?  We will be watching “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens” (rated PG).  No registration required; groups must call ahead to check space availability.

Sat., June 11 – Build a “World’s Best Dad” Trophy Phone Holder, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W., 10 am-12 noon. Kids will learn how to build an Angry Birds Birdhouse with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions.  A free hands-on workshop designed for children ages 5-12.  See illustration at website.

Mon., June 13 –  French Story Time / Heure du conte, see above for June 6.

Fri., June 17 – Red Slam Collective – 4 Directions Hip Hop Fusion, Annette St. Library, 12:30-1:30 pm.  Red Slam Collective is an indigenous hip hop fusion arts movement whose 4 Directions Urban Arts engagement and musical projects uplift, self-identify and promote unity through “Spoken, Lyricism which Arranges Meaning” (SLAM).  Like sweet grass, Red Slam interconnects indigenous teachings and social justice issues with the expressive activism of Hip Hop Culture. Grades 4-6 will be invited for this performance but teens and adults are welcome too! Call 416-393-7692 if you plan to bring a group. Space is limited.

Tue., June 21 –  Aboriginal History Month – Family Film Night, Annette St. Library, 6:30-8 pm.  See above, Tue., June 7 for description.

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

====   Recurring events for adults and teens (by day of week, Sun-Sat)  ====

High Park Walks, first and third Sundays, 10:30 am to 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
•   June 5:   Babies at the Zoo, Sonya Dittkrist, Zookeeper
•  June 19Plants and Flowers, Ron Luft

High Park Stewards, fall/summer work sessions on Sundays, meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant, 10:30 am -12:30 pm.  June 12:  Spring planting in the Tablelands.  June 26: Invasive Management/Site Maintenance.  These sessions are subject to change based on weather and need; check beforehand by going to www.highparknature.org.

Lambton House Open House, Sundays in June, 12:30-4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Free admission and guided tours; refreshments available.  “Please call about noon (416-767-5472) to confirm that we are open on a given Sunday, as sometimes the facility is rented.”

Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (June 27) (but not July, Aug., Dec.), 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 Monday (June 27) (but not July, Aug.), 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 (June 28), 6:30-8:15 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, email us at streetknit@gmail.com

West Bend Community Association meeting, third Wednesday, 7 pm, Indian Rd. Crescent P.S., 2nd floor teachers’ lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cres.  No meeting June – August.  Everyone welcome; agenda for the meeting and minutes from our previous meetings are on our website.

Swansea Horticultural Society Meeting, fourth Wednesday, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor), 7:30 pm.  June 22:  Winter Hardy Cacti with speaker Dave Naylor, Cacti & Succulent Society and the Strawberry Social.  For more information, call call Beverly Donnelly, 416-766-8852.

Bats, Birds, and Bees: walks and talks in High Park, Wednesdays, 7:30 pm. High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colborne Lodge Dr.  Recommended donation of $2-$5; for adults and youth ages 8+.

  • June 1Frequent Fliers: New Discoveries in Songbird Migration, with Dr. Bridget Stutchbury.
  • June 8Discovering the World of Bats.  Discover the world of bats and some of the common myths. Learn the conservation challenges that bats and researchers face. Much bat research is being done in High Park.
  • June 15:  Bats: A World of Science & Mystery.  Come to High Park for an evening hike to learn more about bats in Toronto, including which species are at risk, and how you can help. Hike to bat hot-spots in the park, and practice using hand held bat monitors.
  • June 22:  Get to Know the Bees in Your Backyard. Learn more about bees! What is the difference between bees and wasps and how to increase bee diversity in your backyard.
  • June 29:  High Park and Toronto’s Wild Bees.  High Park is a significant resource for Toronto’s wild bees. More than 300 species are found in the Toronto area, and many find High Park an excellent place to live. Learn about High Park’s wild bees and some of the features of the park that greatly improve their biodiversity.

Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday, 7-9:30 pm.  June 16:  Anne Lindsay (from Bluerodeo) will be running a workshop at 7 pm followed by a concert and jam at 8 pm. $35 for the night.   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, 2nd/3rd Friday, 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W.  Monthly dances for all ages.  June 10:  West Coast Swing lesson with Maria Ford; no beginner lesson that night, intermediate level will begin at 7:45.  All swing dancing starts at 9:00 as usual.  D.J. dance until midnight.  Cost: $8 for members, $12 for nonmembers.  No experience or partner needed.

Saturday Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays in June, 10 am-12 pm, Annette St. Library.  Join other knitters to knit together in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Some instruction provided to beginners.  Bring your own wool and needles.

Computer & Library TrainingThis series has ended, but see the June 4 and 18 events in the main calendar above — one-on-one training called Cyber Seniors at Runnymede Library on alternate Saturday mornings.  

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. *Different location*  Meet at the square of benches just south of the Grenadier Cafe in High Park.
•   June 11:  “Know Your Nature: Grenadier Pond.”  Come take a “dip” in Grenadier pond.  Dip-netting that is!  We will study life above and below the surface to help us determine the water quality of Grenadier Pond.  The young naturalists of the High Park Rangers will be your guides in pond-ering the Grenadier!

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.

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.

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 (June 7), 6:30-7:30 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
▪  first Wednesday (June 1), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
▪  first Wednesday (June 1), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
▪  second Monday (June 13), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club,”call 416-393-7697 to register.
▪  fourth/last Monday (June 27), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, Polish Book Club; conducted in Polish.

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Late May update for e-newsletter

===========    Opportunities   ==========

Memory Lane: The Gift of Our Stories.  Over 5 weeks, seniors are invited to hear and share stories about important life experiences and memories.  We can also brainstorm ideas on other ways to share stories: short story, poem, etc.  To be held at Annette Library on Mondays, May 30-June 27, 11:30 am-1 pm (light lunch provided).  Limited to 10 participants; please register in the branch or by phoning 416-393-7692.  Venue is wheelchair accessible, and we can also arrange transportation if desired.

Want a free, local tree? Tree For Me is a new initiative in partnership with the City of Toronto.  With the goal of increasing Toronto’s tree canopy cover, Tree for Me is offering residents of Toronto a  free local tree, grown from tree seeds that were collected in Toronto. True Toronto trees, proven to grow in our urban environment – what better way to renew our urban forest?  In order to participate in this initiative, individual residents will need to register through Citytrees and answer some simple questions about their property (soil type and drainage).  The tree will be available for pick-up at Riverdale East Park on either May 28th or 29th. Individuals will be able to choose their own time slot between 10am-3pm.

=======    Events coming up, in and near the Junction    ======

Sun., May 22 – Spring Fling in Watkinson Park, 2742 Dundas St. W. (near Indian Rd. Cr.), 3-8 pm.  Come enjoy roasting hotdogs and bannock on a camp fire and doing some art in the park!  There will  be music – and a percussion jam.  Everybody welcome!  Come as you are, or feel free to contribute food or drink to the buffet.  Bring an instrument to play or a song to sing.  Organized by Friends of Watkinson Park.

Tue., May 24 – Junction Farmers Market AGM, 3030 Dundas St. W., 6:30 pm.  The JFM board invites all members of the Junction community to learn more about the JFM, meet our new market manager and board members, ask questions, and eat tasty food!  You can RSVP to let us know you’re coming here.  More details and an agenda will be shared closer to the date.  Like us on FaceBook and follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on the details and to let us know that you’ll be joining us!

Tue., May 24 – Book Talk: Startle and Illuminate: Carol Shields on Writing, Runnymede Library, 7-8:15 pm.  This collection, from Shields’ correspondence and criticism, was created by her daughter and grandson, journalist Anne Giardini and her son Nicholas, is a last gift from one of Canada’s finest novelists.  The authors will be present and signing books.

Thu., May 26 – Baby Point Heritage celebration, 71 Baby Point Rd., 7:30 pm.  Join us for a wine and cheese event, with guest speaker Bill Whitla on “William Morris and the House Beautiful.”  Please RSVP to info@babypointheritage.com or 647-888-7893.

Mon., May 30 – For Ride to Work Day, the group Ward 13 Bikes is organizing a Group Commute from High Park and Bloor at 7 am.  For contact, see ward13bikes on social media.

Mon., May 30 – Medical Marijuana, Annette St. Library, 7-8 pm.  An informational session on medicinal cannabis. Heather Huff, the general manager of a neighbourhood Medicinal Marijuana Dispensary, and Jessica Westlake-Ferneyhough, a Registered Nurse, will be discussing the benefits of cannabis for the treatment of serious illnesses such as cancer, and much more.  Additionally they will be holding a training course for any new or prospective members who would like to be further educated about cannabis, the various forms of cannabis, and potential treatment uses.

Wed., June 1 – Pop-Up Tour: Bloor West Village Tasting Tour – 7:15-9 pm or so (location sent upon registration). A behind-the-scenes look at local venues, businesses, and shops, with a fun experience and/or swag at each.  Sponsored by The Westside’s Story.  Cost: $30/person, 10 people maximum.  To reserve, pay on the website.  This time, visit:

  • 7:15 pm:  Start the tour at Baka Gallery Cafe and enjoy a selection of tasty treats.
  • 8:00 pm:  Stop by Zaza Espresso and Gelato for a gelato and espresso pick-me-up.
  • 8:45 pm:  Sample an array of Latin American delights – and cocktails – at Bloom Restaurant!

Updates for May e-Newsletter

New or corrected information for each item is in boldface.


Toronto Public Library and all of its branches will remain open for all and will not close due to any work disruption today or for the foreseeable future.   A tentative agreement was reached early Monday morning and will require ratification by both parties, which is expected to be voted on later this week.


re Lambton House events:  Corrected information about bus #30 — This bus runs between High Park and Kipling Stations; it does not pass through Islington Station.


Fri., May 6 – Sun., May 8 – Inspirations Studio Open House and Sale, 2480 Dundas St. W., Fri. 12-6 pm, Sat. 12-5 pm, Sun. 12-4 pm.   See the beautiful functional pottery made by our women members.


Tue., May 17 – “Ward 13 Brainstorm for a Sustainable City,” West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W. (btw. Quebec and High Park Aves.), 7-9:30 pm.  Hosted by Green 13 and Project Neutral, with special guests Councillor Sarah Doucette; Linda Swanston, Energy and Environment Division, City of Toronto; and Paul Antze (facilitator).  Please register at website.

 

JRA e-newsletter – May 2016  

  ===========    News   ==========

The next JRA general community meeting is on Thu., May 12, 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W.  Meet your neighbours.  Refreshments served.  We will be discussing:

  1. Function in the Junction: May 28. Get your tickets!
  2. Friends of Watkinson Park: Great local project
  3. New business in the Junction: Canada Herbal Bliss (carried over from previous agenda)
  4. Monterey Park, Inc. (developers of Campbell Block at Keele and Dundas): They’ll talk about their plans, answer questions
  5. Development 101: Understanding City and development processes and guidelines
  6. Dundas/Pacific northwest corner development: Understanding the latest development application, organizing community opinions

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.  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.


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.


Function in the Junction:  Join us for the seventh annual Function in the Junction!
WHEN:  Sat., May 28, 2016, 5 pm.
WHERE:  West Toronto Masonic Temple, 151 Annette St.
WHAT:  A lively evening to share local food, drinks and music and raise money for a worthy neighbourhood cause — the Community Junction, which offers personalized services to people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Prominently located on Dundas Street West at Medland Street, Community Junction supports individuals searching for accessible and meaningful ways to live in the community. Funds raised at the Function will provide access to classes for people who, due to financial limitations, may not otherwise be able to attend them.
WHY:  Come for the best Junction hang of the year and spend the evening with your community on May 28!
HOW (a):  $45 ticket (advance only, starting May 3).  Buy (cash or cheque only) at: Latitude 44 Gallery, Agora Cafe, the Annette Street Library or Community Junction; or buy on the JRA website (credit or debit cards).  This full ticket includes:

  • Cocktail hour with buck-a-shuck oysters, 5-6 pm NEW THIS YEAR (sponsored by Honest Weight)
  • Sit-down dinner, served by local firefighters! 6-8 pm
  • Live music by local musicians, 9 pm
  • Silent and live auctions — generous donations by Junction businesses

HOW (b):  $5 ticket (from 9 pm, cash at the door) includes:  Live auction and live music by local artists.  Cash bar available, sponsored by Junction Craft Brewing and Toronto Distillery.
MORE INFO:  See posters soon in Junction shop windows.  Check the JRA website for menus and more info as it becomes available.


High Park Cherry Blossom Watch:  “Celebrate spring’s arrival with a visit to High Park and participate in the centuries old Japanese tradition of Sakura Hanami, roughly translated as ‘cherry blossom flower viewing.’ The flowering of the Sakura trees is spectacular, but peak bloom only lasts about a week, so keep updated on the progress of the blooms by visiting our website. We’ll take weekly photos of the buds so you don’t miss a thing!  And perhaps donate a little to keep this service funded.”  Councillor Doucette says: “Visitors to the park are encouraged to walk or take transit to see the cherry blossoms as parking is extremely limited. Keep in mind that a planned subway closure of Line 2 from Bathurst to Jane on May 7 and 8 might coincide with the blossoms; if so, shuttle buses will be running along Bloor and parking on Bloor will be restricted.”


The JRA Website now has a new section — Pictures — old archival photographs of the Junction as it used to be.  Take a look!  In connection with this new project, we would love to see any digital pictures or videos of the Junction area that you might have, going back as far as possible.  We will of course acknowledge by name the sender and/or copyright owner of any material we post.  Also, the JRA is looking for a volunteer videographer who has a video camera and some time, to help us with our “Time Capsule” project. We want to record a slice of life in the Junction for the history books, a profile of the present and into the future.  We will be grateful for your skills and happy to give you credit for your work.  To respond to either of these requests, email photos@junctionra.ca.

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Leaf compost was distributed at the Environment Day event in April, and there is still some left.  Councillor Gord Perks announces an additional Compost Day.  Compost is available for pickup (limited to one cubic metre per household) while supplies last; please bring your own shovel and containers.  Sat., May 14, at two locations:

  • Indian Road Crescent Public School parking lot from 9:00 am (near Indian Rd. Cres. and Humberside)
  • Corner of Macdonell and Wabash Aves. from 10:00 am (behind Sorauren Park)

Reserve ahead:  Swansea Horticultural Society is sponsoring a day trip to “Rural Gardens”  on Sat., June 18, 2016  —  Depart/Return: 9 am-6:30 pm from/to Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave.  Price: $79 per person, which includes return transportation via deluxe coach, garden visits (Froggies Song, Rainbows & Angels Nursery, Fiddle Head Nursery), lunch (Steven’s B.B.Q.), driver gratuity and all taxes.  Take this opportunity to meet enthusiastic and knowledgeable gardeners and to share the delights of variety of rural garden venues.  To book and pay: Contact Ellen Mitchell at 416-767-2574, or e.mitchell@rogers.com


Jane’s Walk Festival – Fri., May 6 – Sun., May 8.  Out of about 150 free, volunteer-guided walks inspired by author, activist and urbanist Jane Jacobs all over the city, we list here the 12 that are closest to the Junction, giving title (with link to a full description), day and time, and where to meet (in order by date and time):

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Contact Photography Festival – Most of the exhibits run for the month of May, ranging across the city,.  From the Junction BIA:  “We are pleased to present another great year of Photography in the Junction. This year you will be able to explore 13 venues and see the works of 15 artists. Yet again, this is the highest concentration of photographic venues in the city in this Festival.  Some venues will be hosting an Opening Reception on Sat., May 7.”  Junction venue map.  Here are the venues, in geographical order (east to west), with exhibit dates, and reception (if any):

  • Nodo, 2885 Dundas, May 1-31, Reception: Fri., May 6, 7-10 pm
  • Latitude 44, 2900 Dundas, May 1-31, Reception: Sat., May 7, 6-9 pm
  • Opticianado, 2919 Dundas, May 7-31
  • West Toronto Paint, 2975 Dundas, May 1–31, Reception: Sat., May 7, 6-9 pm
  • Coolearth Architecture, 386 Pacific, May 7–31, Reception: Sat., May 7, 10 am-12 noon
  • Vesuvio’s, 3010 Dundas, April 25–May 30
  • Agora Cafe, 3015 Dundas, May 1–31, Reception: Sat., May 7, 6-10 pm
  • Kingsway Chiropractic, 3021 Dundas, May 7–31
  • Helen & Hildegard, 3036 Dundas, May 1–31
  • Zalucky Contemporary, 3044 Dundas, April 30–June 4, Reception: Sat., May 7, 6-9 pm
  • Bricco Kitchen & Wine Bar, 3047 Dundas, May 1–31
  • Axis Gallery & Grill, 3048 Dundas, May 1–31, Reception: Sat., May 7, 6-10 pm
  • Phillipa C. Photography, 3063 Dundas, May 1–31, Reception: Sat., May 7, 6-9 pm

The Veggielicious festival is coming up May 6-22!  If you visit the website and click on Menu, you can see the list of participating restaurants.  This year, it could have been called High Park Veggielicious because there are SO many restaurants in our neighbourhood participating:

  • Soup ’n Such Cafe, 2285 Dundas St. W. (see the calendar below for the VHP upcoming dinner May 10!)
  • Humble Beginnings, 3109 Dundas St. W.
  • Grasshopper, 3080 Dundas St. W.
  • Mad Mexican, 405 Jane St.
  • Butler’s Pantry, 371 Roncesvalles Ave.
  • Cardinal Rule, 5 Roncesvalles Ave.
  • Rawlicious, 2122 Bloor St. W.

NOTE:  We list a lot of events at branches of Toronto Public Library.  We are advised that:  There is a possibility that Toronto Public Library will be closed due to a labour strike.  Unionized workers are in a legal strike position as of May 2.  Should this occur, and depending upon the length of the strike, scheduled programs would have to be cancelled and hopefully rescheduled at a later date. 

  =======    Events coming up, in and near the Junction    ======
===   Scroll down for  Events for children & teens  == and ==  Recurring events    ===
Note:  All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.

Sun., May 1 – England’s Morris Dancers – From Ruth Malloy’s Toronto Multicultural Calendar:  “They appear every year starting shortly after dawn in High Park near the restaurant on May Day. Unfortunately, it’s hard to get there by public transit at that hour, but they are usually still going strong about 8 am.  You might miss some great dances but you won’t miss their liveliness. They don’t usually advertise and they do it out of the joy of dancing, of being together and of tradition, of fun. It’s a great way to start the month. Rain or shine. For more information, email leo.n@rogers.com.”

Mon., May 2 – Ask an Expert: Balcony and Terrace Container Gardening, Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm.  Ask Master Gardener Elizabeth Stewart about balcony and container gardening. Learn practical ideas for successful gardening above ground (topics at website).  Presented by Toronto Master Gardeners.

Tue., May 3 – Nazneen Sheikh, Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm.  A riveting and timely story of art, war, greed, and spirituality, her novel The Place of Shining Light takes readers on a wild journey from the valleys of Afghanistan to the magical mountain kingdoms of Northern Pakistan and the diplomatic enclaves of Islamabad.  The eh List Author Series.  Book signing to follow.

Tue., May 3 – Vinyl 101: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Records, Annette St. Library, 7-8 pm.  Vinyl is back, and this event will unpack the vinyl boom for music lovers. Award-winning producer and record spinner DJ Agile and guests will break down the basics of vinyl appreciation, listening and collecting, with music galore from the library’s own 15,000+ strong record collection.  Whether you are a crate-digging veteran or a vinyl virgin, bring your ears and an appetite for great music, and get ready to connect with record lovers from all over Toronto.

Wed., May 4 – International Affairs with Keith Hyde, Historian, Annette St. Library, 2:30-4 pm.  Well-known historian Keith Hyde starts 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 emphasis on war and conflict.

Wed., May 4 – Pamper & Connect, Coco Beauty Bar, 16 Jane St., 6-9 pm.  Pamper & Connect is a free ticketed community event for women 19+ hosted by Coco Beauty Bar in Bloor West Village.  A great evening of fun and a chance to meet some awesome local ladypreneurs as you listen and learn savvy tips and advice on beauty, fashion and real estate.  Indulge in free mini spa treatments and demos, great shopping & prize giveaways!  Presenters: Gloria Czomko – Sales Rep, Royal LePage; Krista Wyle – Cabi Fashion Stylist; Thalgo – Active Marine Skincare & Beauty.  Tickets available online.

Wed., May 4 – Swansea Historical Society Meeting, Swansea Town Hall, 7:30 pm.  Hugh Barnett on “King George’s War and the Lake Ontario Frontier, 1744-1750.”    Visitors welcome, light refreshments.  More info (see p. 3).

Thu., May 5 – Wellness Workshop, Jane/Dundas Library, 7-7:55 pm.  A workshop focused on ways to set and achieve goals, stress-management techniques, and practices to attain balance in life.  Led by counselor Lourdes Carbajal from the Polycultural Community Immigrant Services.  For more information, call 416-394-1014.

Thu., May 5 – West Toronto Junction Historical Society AGM, Annette Library, 7 pm social time, 7:30 pm for business meeting, speaker at 8:15 pm.  More info may be at website.

Thu., May 5 – Swansea Area Ratepayers’ Assoc. AGM, Swansea Town Hall, 7:30 pm. Talk “How We Changed Toronto” by John Sewell, former mayor of Toronto.

Fri., May 6 – Community Pub Night at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Doors open 6:30 pm, music from 8:00 by John & Julie Dorsey (see poster).  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.

Fri., May 6 – Sat., May 7 – Receptions being held at Junction venues of Contact Photography Festival; see information under Ongoing Events at the top of this newsletter.

Fri., May 6 – Sun., May 8 – Inspirations Studio Open House and Sale, 2480 Dundas St. W.  See the beautiful functional pottery made by our women members. We are a social enterprise for low-income women, and a project of Sistering.

Fri., May 6 – Sun., May 8. Jane’s Walk Festival –  See the list of local walks at the top of this newsletter, or go straight to the website for the full menu.  (Hint: On the map page, click Filter but don’t enter any and then click “Print list” and you’ll get a list of all the walks!)

Sat., May 7 – Humbercrest United Church Spring Sale, 16 Baby Point Rd., 8:30 am-12:30 pm.  Monster rummage sale, snack bar and café on site.

Sat., May 7 – High Park Spring Off-Leash Area Clean-up, Dog Hill (by Can Stage and opposite Grenadier Café), 10 am-2 pm.  Come out and join us (rain or shine) in our annual spring clean-up!  All off-leash areas are required to have two clean-ups per year to keep the privilege, in the spring and fall.  The High Park K9 committee provides large garbage bags and latex gloves.  Wear long sleeves, good shoes, as we have to go into the woods and clean up winter debris, garbage and dog poop.  Bring water to drink and a snack, and come pitch in for a couple of hours.  Email K9 Committee: k9@highpark.org

Sun., May 8 – Mother’s Day.

Sun., May 8 – Native Plant Sale, Grenadier Restaurant, High Park, 11 am-2 pm.  The sale will take place in front of the Greenhouse. In order to have plants for everyone, large orders will be available only after 1 pm from the remaining stock.  Cash only. Parking is very limited at the Grenadier Restaurant, so please use transit, walk or bike if cherry blossoms are in bloom, as expected.  Assistance in carrying plants will be provided.  This plant sale supports the work of the High Park Volunteer Stewardship Program and native plant restoration in High Park.  Helpers are needed; see weblink for more info.

Sun., May 8 – Aggie’s Wildflower Walk, from corner of Scarlett Road and St Clair, 1:30 pm. Join Madeleine McDowell and the Toronto Field Naturalists for an informative walk and talk about our community’s wildflowers past and present. Stay for tea at Lambton House after the walk.  This is an annual event co-sponsored by Heritage York, Humber Heritage, and Toronto Field Naturalists.  A free will offering would be appreciated. 

Mon., May 9 – Glen Downie, Poet: Democratic Beauties, Annette St. Library, 7-8 pm.  Award–winning poet Glen Downie’s new book traces a path back to the now dimly remembered pre-digital age.  Using poetic and imaginative criticism, he sifts through our rapidly changing consumer culture, decoding much that has already become perplexing and mysterious.  Books will be available for purchase.

Tue., May 10 – Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy: Fortune and Our Lives, Runnymede Library, 2-3:30 pm.  Prof. John Greenwood discusses this sixth-century work.  At a crucial moment, when the classical world was fading and the Christian one was dawning, the imprisoned Boethius imagines Lady Philosophy descending to console him. He challenges her to explain why bad things happen to good people. Her responses are as relevant and timely today as they were when she suggested them 1500 years ago.  Great Books Lecture Series.

Tue., May 10 – Vegetarians of High Park Dinner, Soup ’n Such Cafe, 2285 Dundas St. W. (a few doors south of Bloor), 6 pm.  They are offering a soup of your choice, salad and vegan dessert, all for $10 including tax!  I know 6 pm is a bit early on a weeknight but they close early.  Please RSVP by Fri., May 6 to highpark@veg.ca.

Tue., May 10 – The Controversy of William Avery “Billy” Bishop, Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm.  From Owen Sound to the air war on the Western Front, Bishop’s exploits in aerial combat are well documented in numerous books and films, mostly positive but some questionable. Should he have been awarded the Victoria Cross? Where was he based?  Join aviation historian Keith Hyde speaking on the life of pilot Billy Bishop, VC war hero and legend.

Tue., May 10 – “Fast & Fearless Cooking for the Genius,” Annette St. Library, 7-8 pm.  Ann Tudor will read from her new cookbook, with a question and answer period to follow the reading.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Tue., May 10 – Green 13 presents film “Cowspiracy,” Swansea Town Hall Council Chamber (2nd floor), 95 Lavinia Ave., 7-9:30 pm.  Free screening and discussion with guests Nimisha Raja, nutrition coach, and Katie Harper, Director of Project Neutral.  This film by Kip Andersen examines the destructive impact of industrial agriculture, and proposes a path to global sustainability for a growing population.  Discussion will include corrections and updating of some information presented in the film.  Please bring along your laptop, tablet, or other device as we plan to take a brief carbon footprint survey focused on our individual food choices.

Wed., May 11 – Stratford Festival HD Production Screening: Anthony and Cleopatra, Annette St. Library, 2-4 pm.  Reason and judgment prove no match for the tsunami of mutual passion engulfing Mark Antony, one of the three joint rulers of the Roman republic, and Cleopatra, the seductive queen of Egypt. Surrendering everything to their desires, they open the floodgates to a civil conflict that will shake the very foundations of their world.

Wed., May 11 – Bloor West Village Residents Assoc. AGM, Runnymede United Church (432 Runnymede Rd.), 7:30 pm (doors open at 7).  Followed by a Town Hall Meeting (8-9:30), panel discussion “From Saving Our Village to Shaping Our Village” with Councillor Sarah Doucette, BIA Chair Paula McInereny, and Toronto Star columnist Edward Keenan.  Also a showcase of local organizations.

Thu., May 12 – Junction Residents Association general meeting, West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W., 7-9 pm.  See more details at top of this newsletter.

Thu., May 12 – Heritage Talk: “The Early Millers of the Lower Humber,” by Hugh Barnett, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., doors open 7 pm, talk 7:30 pm.  The Whitney Haines Mill, which was the predecessor to our area’s Coopers/Lambton and Baby Mills.  Refreshments, free admission.  Heritage York History Night.  A free will offering would be appreciated.

Sat., May 14 – Please donate blood at Swansea Town Hall, 9 am-2 pm, Rousseau Room, main floor. Please bring your donor or ID card.  For more information, call 416-974-9900 or see Canadian Blood Services website.

Sat., May 14 – Woofest, at Master Mechanic, 2 Howard Park Ave. (between Dundas and Roncesvalles), 11 am-4 pm.  Festival of community and dogs, with adoptions, kids’ activities, live music by Daniel Lanois and Crooked House Road, contests and more. Free admission!  More info at 416-532-2449 or weblink.

Sat., May 14 – Play Reading Group, Annette St. Library, 1-4 pm.  Like reading aloud? Enjoy theatre?  Join us for a free community play-reading group, this time reading Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard.  Led by theatre-lover/actor Carina Cojeen, this group meets monthly.  For more information, check out the Meetup website.  Free; all welcome; no experience necessary.

Sat., May 14 – Lambton Park Community School Area Walk, from corner of Scarlett Road and St Clair (and will end there), 1:30 pm.  Join Madeleine McDowell and Bonita Nelson for a walk and talk about the six memorial trees which were planted to remember the twelve Lambton Park School students who were lost in World War I.

Tue., May 17 – Tuesday Film Night, Runnymede Library, 6 pm.  Suffragette (2015, 107 mins.).  Directed by Sarah Gavron. with Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter.  Inspired by true events, this moving drama explores the passion and heartbreak of the women who risked everything to fight for the vote in early 20th-century Britain.

Tue., May 17 – The Julius Caesar Project, Annette St. Library, 7-8:15 pm.  In this innovative, gender-swapped staging, Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective explores the roles of women and power in Shakespeare’s text. It received critical acclaim in NOW Magazine for its turn in the 2014 Toronto Fringe.  Supported by the British Council as part of the Shakespeare Lives Microfestival. Check out the Facebook event for more info!

Tue., May 17 – Green 13 event: “Sharing Our Best Ideas to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Toronto by 80% by 2050,” evening, location TBA.  Imagine Toronto in 2050 — a better, more livable city and we’ve cut carbon emissions by 80% — how do we get there?  City staff want your ideas.  Neighbours want to brainstorm and work with you.  Hosted by Green 13 and Project Neutral, with special guests Councillor Sarah Doucette; Linda Swanston, Energy and Environment Division, City of Toronto; and Paul Antze, facilitator.  Check website for time and place, not yet available at press time.

Wed., May 18 – Know Your Rights & Responsibilities: Landlord and Tenant Rights, Jane/Dundas Library, 7-8 pm.  An information session facilitated by the West Toronto Community Legal Services Staff. Learn about rent increases, maintenance, eviction, rent geared to income, and more.  For more information call Helle at West Toronto Community Legal Services at 416-531-7376 x 223 or the Jane/Dundas Library at 416-394-1014.

Sat., May 21 – How to Select and Plant Perennials, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W., 10-11 am.  This free workshop teaches participants the basics of perennials. Learn how to choose perennial plants, prepare the soil for planting, plant perennials, divide perennials, and care for mature plants.

Sat., May 21 – Cyber Seniors (55+), Runnymede Library, 10-11:30 am.  Do you need one-on-one help with email, social media, Microsoft Word or other computer topics?  Sign up for the Cyber Seniors, an intergenerational program that pairs youth volunteers with older adults for computer help and support.  It will be held on alternate Saturday mornings in May and June.  Fill out an application at Runnymede Library.  For more information, call 416-393-7697 or email runnymedeteens@torontopubliclibrary.ca.

Mon., May 23 – Victoria Day Holiday.

Thu., May 26 – Pop-Up Tour: Good Taste at Runnymede and Annette, 7:15-9 pm or so (location sent upon registration). A behind-the-scenes look at local venues, businesses, and shops, with a fun experience and/or swag at each.  Sponsored by The Westside’s Story.  Cost: $30/person, 10 people maximum.  To reserve, pay on the website.  This time, visit:

  • 7:15 pm: Savour a sampling of the delicious sausage options (and the new saus/urgers!) from Butcher By Nature.
  • 8 pm: Home furnishings and decor boutique A Changing Nest will help you beautify your nest with a design workshop.
  • 8:45 pm: Finish the evening with a tasting of artisanal wines and cheeses at Creme Fraiche Market Cafe.

Sat., May 28 – Runnymede Fun Fair, Runnymede Sr. & Jr. Public School, 357 Runnymede Rd. (at Colbeck St., one long block north of Bloor), 11:30 am – 5 pm.  Friends, family, alumni and community members all welcome!  Come have some fun and celebrate our Centennial!  More info: runnymedecentennial@gmail.com; alumni can register for more info here.

  • 11:30-12:30 – Opening Ceremony and Student Performances in the Sr. gym
  • 12:00-3:00 – Alumni Event in Library
  • 12:00-5:00 – Outdoor Fun Fair activities open: dunk tank, bouncy castles, carnival games, scavenger hunt, photo booth, face painting, food trucks, visits from RCMP and Toronto Fire and much more!

Sat., May 28 – JRA’s Function in the Junction, West Toronto Masonic Temple, 151 Annette St., enter at 5 pm or 9 pm.  A lively evening to share local food, drinks and music and raise money for a worthy neighbourhood cause.  See full information at top of this newsletter.

Sat., May 28 – Sun., May 29 – 17th Annual Doors Open Toronto.  This year’s theme is “Re-used, Revisited and Revised,” and all buildings have free entrance.  Watch for the official program in the week preceding, but you can be sure that a number of them will be in our neighbourhood.  We know these will be open:

  • Lambton House open 10 am-4 pm both days
  • Montgomery’s Inn open 10 am-5 pm both days
  • Colborne Lodge open 10 am-5 pm both days, with tours every 20 minutes (last tour 4:30 pm)
  • Runnymede Public School open 10 am-4 pm Sat., celebrating their Centennial (see just above)

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Sun., May 15 – Sunnyside Bike Park opens — Volunteers Wanted.  Sunnyside Bike Park is at 3 Ellis Ave. (just north of Lake Shore Blvd. W. and east of Ellis).  Join the volunteer stewardship team Tuesday and Friday evenings from 5-8 pm, starting May 17. There are also Saturday afternoon volunteer opportunities on the 4th weekend of the month, details to be confirmed.  Meet at the shipping container on the east side of the park. No experience is necessary. Volunteers will help with park maintenance and engage park users to improve bike park etiquette.  To register, please email trails@toronto.ca. This is a great opportunity for high school students looking for volunteer hours. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

Tue., May 17 – Lisa Moore, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm.  The eh List Author Series presents award-winning author Lisa Moore and her first young adult novel, Flannery. By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, empowering and harrowing, sixteen-year-old Flannery Malone takes matters into her own hands and concocts a love potion for her entrepreneurship project – and the conquest of outlaw graffiti artist Tyrone O’Rourke, the rebel-with-a-cause of Flannery’s dreams.  Book signing to follow.

Tue., May 17 – Runnymede Youth Advisory Group meets monthly, Runnymede Library, 4:30-5:30 pm.  For youth ages 13-19.  Do you 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.

Thu., May 19 – Youth Employment Fair, Jane/Dundas Library, 3-5 pm.  Are you 14 and older and looking for a summer job? Local community agencies will be visiting the library for this event and providing information on summer job programs and opportunities for youth.

Thu., May 26 – Teen Gaming, Jane/Dundas Library, 3:30-5:30 pm.  Bring your friends and play on a variety of games and consoles. Drop-in event.

Tue., May 31 – Teen Trivia!  Runnymede Library, 4:30-5:30 pm. Test your knowledge and win prizes and bragging rights!  For youth ages 13 and up.  Snacks provided.  Hosted by the Runnymede Library Youth Advisory Group.

Consider also these good-for-teens events listed in the adult or children’s calendars:

  =====    Events for children and families (in chronological order)  ===== 

Mondays (May 2, 9, 16, 30 – not 23) – After School Club, Jane/Dundas Library, 4-5 pm. Looking for something fun to do after school?  Come and learn new things, make stuff, meet other kids and have fun!  For children ages 6-12 years old.  Each month will be a different theme — May’s theme is “Paper Crafts.”  In honour of Asian Heritage Month, we’ll use paper to craft amazing creations every week.

Wed., May 4 – Crafting Stories, Annette St. Library, 4-5:30 pm.  So you want to write? Got some fantastic ideas? Join Rukhsana Khan, an award-winning author and storyteller, who’ll show you the ropes in a lively and interactive workshop on how to craft a story.  Ages 8 – 12. Space is limited. Register at the branch or by calling 416-393-7692.  Sophie’s Studio was created to support early literacy, creativity and writing skills in young children thanks to a bequest from long-time library lover and user Sophia Lucyk.

Thu., May 5 – Mini Scientists, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  Listen to stories, participate in experiments, and learn something new! Each month we will discover a different science related theme! For children ages 3-5 with their parents or caregivers.

Sat., May 7 – MAP Family Saturdays: Montgomery’s Inn, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  Learn about mid-19th-century rural life in Etobicoke with staff from Montgomery’s Inn. The workshop will combine storytelling, music and art making.

Sat., May 7 – Cherry Blossoms and Other Trees in the City, Annette St. Library, 2-3 pm.  An informative presentation which discusses the history, description and further details of the Cherry Blossom trees currently at High Park. Learn about other tree species, and participate in a creative gator bag decorating activity.

Mon., May 9 –  French Story Time / Heure du conte, Runnymede Library, 6:45-7:30 pm.  Venez-vous joindre à nous pour une série speciale de l’heure du conte en français pour les enfants de 4 à 8 ans et leur famille. / Join us this spring for a special French story time for children ages 4 to 8 and their families.  Drop-in program.  Repeats on May 16.

Sat., May 14 – Build An Angry Birds Birdhouse, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W., 10 am-12 noon. Kids will learn how to build an Angry Birds Birdhouse with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. A free hands-on workshop designed for children ages 5-12.

Sat., May 14 – MAP Family Saturdays: Mackenzie House, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm.  Learn how newspapers and images were created in the 19th century. Print your own souvenir. For children ages 6 and up.  Call 416-393-7697 or visit the branch to register.

Sat., May 14 – Marty Chan – TD Book Week, Runnymede Library, 3:30-4:30 pm.  Marty will share the real-life origins behind his mystery series and his Sasquatch novels. Through an interactive writing game, Marty will demonstrate that the most ordinary situations can lead to the most amazing stories if you know the secret!  For his grand finale, Marty will replicate Houdini’s famous straitjacket escape!  Suitable for school-aged children, grades 3 and up.

Mon., May 16 –  French Story Time / Heure du conte, see above for May 9.

Fri., May 20 – Meet Author Susin Nielsen, Annette St. Library, 1-2 pm.  Meet author Susin Nielsen as she talks about how she became a writer, from “Degrassi Junior High” to her award-winning young adult novels. Toronto Public Library gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts through the Writers’ Union of Canada for sponsoring this special event.  Aimed at pre-teen children, but all are welcome.

Sat., May 28 – MAP Family Saturdays: Gardiner Museum, Annette St. Library, 2-3 pm.  May is Asian Heritage Month, so visit the library to work with the Gardiner Museum’s talented ceramists and learn how to make a dragon or fantastic beast out of clay. Don’t forget the scales, claws and whiskers!  Call 416-393-7692 or visit the branch to register.  For school-age children.

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

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High Park Walks, first and third Sundays, 10:30 am to 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

  • May 1:  The Ecology of Grenadier Pond – Spring brings big changes to Grenadier Pond, a pond that centres much of the local ecosystem. Join Senior Aquatic Ecologist Christine Tu-Parker for this session.
  • May 15:  The Amazing Birds of High Park – Listen, watch, spot and identify resident and migratory birds with experienced birder Brian Bailey.

High Park Stewards, fall/summer work sessions on Sundays, meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant, 10:30 am -12:30 pm.  May 22: Removing Garlic Mustard in the Tablelands.  These sessions are subject to change based on weather and need; check beforehand by going to www.highparknature.org.

Lambton House Open House, Sundays, 12-4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Free admission and guided tours; refreshments available.  “Please call about noon (416-767-5472) to confirm that we are open on a given Sunday, as sometimes the facility is rented.”

Junction Reads, occasional Sundays, 5 pm, Magic Oven, 347 Keele St.  All welcome.  Sign-up sheet at the door!  May 29: “Our best season-ender yet! More bang for your buck with six authors taking the Junction Reads stage — Alissa York, Amy Stuart, Nicole Chin, Lucinda Johnston, Robert Shoub and Cassandra Cronenberg.”  Some info also here.

Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (May 30) (but not July, Aug., Dec.), 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 (May 30), 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 (May 31), 6:30-8:15 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, email us at streetknit@gmail.com

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.

West Bend Community Association meeting, third Wednesday, 7 pm, Indian Rd. Crescent P.S., 2nd floor teachers’ lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cres.  May 18: Everyone welcome; agenda for the meeting and minutes from our previous meetings are on our website.

Swansea Horticultural Society Meeting, fourth Wednesday, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor), 7:30 pm.  May 25: “Naturalization: Greening your Grounds with Plants” by Toronto & Region Conservation (TRCA).  Flower show is held concurrently with the presentation.  For more information, call call Beverly Donnelly, 416-766-8852.

Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday, 7-9:30 pm.  May 19:  John Showman, of New Country Rehab and Lonesome Ace String Band, will run a fiddle workshop at 7 pm ($15), followed by a concert and jam session ($20).  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, 2nd/3rd Friday, 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W.  Monthly dances for all ages.  May 13: Replay Band (no lesson, dancing starts at 8 pm).  D.J. dance until midnight.  Cost: $8 for members, $12 for nonmembers.  No experience or partner needed.

Saturday Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays in May, 10 am-12 pm, Annette St. Library.  Join other knitters to knit together in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Some instruction provided to beginners.  Bring your own wool and needles.

Computer & Library TrainingThis series has ended, but see the May 21 event in the main calendar above — one-on-one training called Cyber Seniors at Runnymede Library on alternate Saturday mornings.  

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.

  • May 14:  “The Birds Are Back in Town”:  The migrating birds are back and with lots to say!  Bring your binoculars if you’ve got them and check out the birds returning to and migrating through High Park.
  • May 28:  “13,000 Years of High Park”:  Did you know that 13,000 years ago High Park was under a glacier? High Park has changed a lot since then!  Come learn about High Park’s transition from glacier to present day.

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.

Scottish Country Dancing, Wednesdays 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.

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.  Opening day is Sat., May 14, 2016.

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 (May 3), 6:30-7:30 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
  • first Wednesday (May 4), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
  • first Wednesday (May 4), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
  • second Monday (May 9), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
  • fourth/last Monday (May 30), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, Polish Book Club; conducted in Polish.

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 next JRA Community Meeting – Thu., May 12, 2016, 7-9 pm

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Note that the JRA’s Community Clean-Up Day, previously annouced for Sun., Apr. 24, has been moved to Sat., Apr. 23, so please join us at the Green P parking lot on Pacific Ave. between 10 am and 1 pm.

High Park Cherry Blossom Watch:  Celebrate spring’s arrival with a visit to High Park and participate in the centuries old Japanese tradition of Sakura Hanami, roughly translated as “cherry blossom flower viewing.” The flowering of the Sakura trees is spectacular, but peak bloom only lasts about a week, so keep updated on the progress of the blooms by visiting our website. We’ll take weekly photos of the buds so you don’t miss a thing!  And perhaps donate a little to keep this service funded.

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Wed., Apr. 27 – Nature walk and bird songs in Lambton Park, 10 am.  Meet at corner of Scarlett Rd. and Edenbridge Dr. (south of Eglinton) by the gas station for a circular walk, morning only.  Leader: Miles Hearn.  Sponsored by Toronto Field Naturalists.

====   Recurring events for adults and teens (by day of week, Sun-Sat)  ==== 

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.

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