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East End Arts presents Connecting the Dots on Thursday, Dec. 12 at Red Rocket Coffee, 1364 Danforth Ave., from 7 to 9 p.m. Artists and community members are invited to bring their artwork and share thoughts and talents with other artists at this family-friendly networking event. All interests, levels and ages are welcome.

The Cedarvale Avenue neighbourhood Christmas food drive is underway, with pickup of donations scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14. This marks the 10th year neighbours have collected food and clothing for the Woodbine Heights Baptist Church Food Bank, located at 1171 Woodbine Ave. Canned meats, soups and vegetables, toiletries and gently used clothing are needed. Anyone wishing to make a contribution may leave donations on their porch for pick-up on Saturday between 11 a.m. and noon (donations may also be dropped off at 32 Cedarvale Ave. up until that time). For more information call 416-686-2129.

The 2nd annual Danforth East Holiday Festival will be held Saturday, Dec. 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. at East Lynn Park, just west of Woodbine on Danforth. The event kicks off with turning on the Christmas lights in the evergreen trees along Danforth, and continues with carol singing, hot chocolate sipping and fire eating by Zero Gravity Circus performers. Candy canes, glow sticks and a visit from Santa round out the festivities. There will even be treats for four-legged friends. Organizers are asking for a food donation for the Salvation Army food bank box.

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The Kew Beach Naturopathic Clinic will hold a seasonal celebration and open house on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. Free 15-minute consultations with the practitioners will be available along with demonstrations, door prizes for the grown-ups and presents for the kids. Snack on gluten-free and dairy-free treats, mulled apple cider and a selection of teas. Admission is free but donations to the Daily Bread Food Bank are welcome. The clinic is located at 2010 Queen St. E., on the second floor.

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The 34th annual Hair of the Dog Run will take over the boardwalk bright and early on New Year’s Day. The 9k run and 5k walk begins at the Balmy Beach Club, located at the foot of Beech Avenue at the lake. The walk begins at 11:30 a.m. and the run at noon. Register at 10:30 a.m. the day of the run or at balmybeachcanoe.com.

The East York Agnes Macphail Recognition Committee is starting its search for nominations for the 21st annual award ceremony, to be held next March. Nominees must reside in the former Borough of East York and be an outstanding contributor to community life in areas such as women’s rights, fairness to seniors, criminal justice and penal reform, international peace and disarmament, housing, health care or education. In 1921 Agnes Macphail became the first woman elected to the House of Commons and, in 1943, the first to gain a seat in the Ontario Legislature, representing the riding of York East. The award will be presented at the East York Civic Centre on Macphail’s birthday, March 24. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 30. Find out more at toronto.ca/macphail_award.

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