News in Brief
'Meet the Ashbridges' is the topic of a history talk to be held by Applegrove Community Complex on Thursday, Oct. 25. Archeologist Dena Doroszenko, of the Ontario Heritage Trust, will make an illustrated presentation about the Ashbridge family, some of the earliest settlers in the Beach, and the family's Queen Street East home and estate. The event gets underway at 7 p.m. in the gym of Duke of Connaught School, 60 Woodfield Rd. For more information, call Applegrove at 416-461-8143.
If houses of a spookier kind are more up your alley, The Crescent Town Club invites you to its Halloween Haunted House at 2A The Market Place. On Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28 you can visit, if you dare, between 1 and 5 p.m., and on Tuesday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 31, the house will be welcoming guests between 6 and 8 p.m. This all-ages event costs $2 per visit. Crescent Town Community Centre is a non-profit neighbourhood resource since 1971. For more information call 416-699-9631.
The Fear Factory haunted house will be held at the Beaches Recreation Centre from Oct. 26 to 28. See the story on Page 2 for more info.
Halloween may be over by Nov. 1 but don't pitch your pumpkin to the curb just yet. Take your jack-o-lantern on a Beach Pumpkin Walk. The Friends of the Beach Parks, in partnership with the City of Toronto, is holding the Beach Pumpkin Walk on Thursday, Nov. 1, beginning at 7:30 p.m. along the boardwalk, at the foot of Leuty Avenue. This is a chance for you to show off your pumpkin carving skills. Bring your scary pumpkin down to the boardwalk and line it up with all the others. The light from all the jack-o'-lanterns should make for an eerie atmosphere.
Do you love to bake? Show off your pie-making skills in the fall-themed pie contest. You must register by Oct. 25. For more information contact the Friends of the Beach Parks at email@example.com.
For a 'gourd' time of a similar kind, head over to East Lynn Park on Nov. 1 between 6:30 and 9 p.m. for the Danforth East Community Association's Third Annual Pumpkin Parade, where your illuminated jack-o-lanterns will be displayed along the park's pathways. Organizers ask that you bring your own candles.
Variety Village is holding its 6th annual Walk Roll Run & Fun Fall Fair on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Along with various 5k races there will be exhibits, games, food, refreshments, a costume parade, pie contest, prizes, crafters and farmers' markets. CTV Weather Anchor Tom Brown will host. Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family of five, and includes two refreshment tickets per person. For more information call 416-699-7176 ext 280 or visit www.varietyvillage.ca.
Beaches/East York MP Matthew Kellway is one of several MPs who will take part in a Public Health Care Forum on Sunday, Oct. 28 at Hope United Church, 2550 Danforth Ave., at the corner of Main Street. The panel discussion will centre on strategies to improve and sustain the public health care system. Community input is welcome. For more information call 416-467-0860 or email matthew.kellway.c1a@parl. gc.ca.
Flu season is just around the corner and Community Centre 55 has a remedy for keeping the contagions at bay. The Centre, along with Toronto EMS, will hold two flu shot clinics, the first on Monday, Nov. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. and a second one on Monday, Dec. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. The single vaccination offered contains H1N1 and two other strains. For more information call Evonne at 416-691-1113 ext. 222. Community Centre 55 is at 97 Main St., at the corner of Swanwick Avenue.
A second meeting of the newly-revived Beach and East Toronto Historical Association will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6 at the Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E., from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The library is wheelchair accessible. Anyone wishing to learn more about the history of the Beach community is welcome to attend.
Little Free Libraries may be diminutive in size but they are having a big impact on neighbourhoods. Another of the popular 'take a book, leave a book' stands has been set up at 123 Woodfield Rd., in the Queen Street East and Coxwell area. Library Steward Ann McGill said that in the few days since the library went up, there has been a steady stream of patrons. If you would like to find out how to establish a Little Library on your street, visit littlefreelibrary.org.
Dogs and dog owners at the off-leash dog area near the foot of Lee Avenue will be inconvenienced for a short time while the City constructs a three-metre-wide pathway from the boardwalk to the Lee Avenue storm sewer outfall. The path is being built to allow city workers access to the outfall for periodic maintenance. A portable chain link fence will be put up through a section of the off-leash area but will be removed and the area fully reinstated after construction is completed.