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May 19: Beach Community Edible Garden Consultation at the Balmy Beach Club, foot of Beech Ave., 7 p.m. Hosted by Friends of the Beach Parks. All welcome.
May 19: Beach and East Toronto Historical Society meeting at the Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E., 7-8:15 p.m. Historian and author Richard Hazzard will talk about the history of Riverdale Collegiate. All welcome. Free admission.
May 20: Queen Street Revival – Making Change Happen at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave., 7 p.m. Presentation and workshops with The Beach Village BIA and Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon for residents and business owners in the Beach. Info: 416-693-2242
May 20: Division 55 Police Week Community Fair at Woodbine Park, Kingston Rd. & Queen St. E., 4-8 p.m. rain or shine. Children’s activities, seniors’ bingo, barbecue, music, prizes.
May 20, 27: Pop Up Garden Shop at Fairmount Park, 1725 Gerrard St. E. (southwest corner), 3-7 p.m. rain or shine. Presented by Fairmount Park Farm Market. Seeds, seedlings, soil, mulch, planters, organic fertilizers, pollinating plants, and farm-fresh food. Info:
May 21: Community Environment Day at Ted Reeve Arena parking lot (Gerrard St. E. & Ted Reeve Dr.), 4-8 p.m. New this year: shredding truck for bills/private documents, and rain barrels for sale for $50. You may pre-order online. Info: 416-392-1376
May 22, 23, 24: Small Paintings for Small Spaces at the historic Gardener’s Cottage, in Kew Gardens at the foot of Lee Ave., Friday 3-8 p.m., Saturday/Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Beach Guild of Fine Art’s spring show and sale features paintings by over 40 Guild artists. Original small paintings (none over $350), note cards. Free admission. Gift basket lucky draw. Info: or 416-699-8739
May 23: Lawn Sale and Open House at Kew Beach Lawn Bowling Club, foot of Lee Ave., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Have fun this summer. Enjoy a game of lawn bowls or croquet. Info: Fay 416-466-6598
May 23: Springfest at Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, 33 East Rd. (Kingston Rd./Warden), 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Baked goods, books, CDs, toys, gently used household items and clothing. Enjoy a delicious breakfast sandwich or BBQ lunch. Knife and blade sharpening available. Collectible cars on display.
May 23: Spring Fling at True Davidson Acres, 200 Dawes Rd., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Something for everyone! BBQ lunch/snacks, tea room, giftware sale, craft sale, prize raffle, homemade baked goods, gently used goods and lots more.
May 23: Spring Bazaar at Faith Presbyterian Community Church, 140 Dawes Rd., 10 a.m.-noon. Famous Filipino food, bake table, trinkets, white elephant table, toys, household items and so much more! Venue is wheelchair accessible.
May 23, 24: The Beach Village Spring Fling on Queen St. and at Ivan Forrest Gardens (Queen & Glen Manor). Sidewalk sales, entertainment and activities - break dancing, hula hoops, comedy & juggling, splatter paint crafts, face painting, music, karaoke and more! Info:, 416-693-2242
May 23, 24: Doors Open Toronto, an annual event offering free access to architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings. This year’s theme is Sports, Recreation and Leisure. To find local venues, visit and search ‘doors open’.
May 24: Bike Fest to kick off the opening of the Dixon Avenue contra-flow bike lanes, 1-3 p.m. Hosted by Beach Triangle Residents Association and co-sponsored by Police Division 55, Spokes 32 and Cycle Solutions.
May 24: Free Concert of Sacred Music for Pentecost at St. Aidan’s Church, Queen St. E. & Silver Birch, 5 p.m. Composer Stuart Beaudoin presents ‘Sacred Fire’ with orchestra and choir.
May 25: Bike to Work Day, celebrating the start of Bike Month. Local start points are: Danforth & Woodbine, 7 a.m.; Kew Gardens 7:15 a.m.; Dundas St. E. near Kingston Road 7:30 a.m. Rides end at Nathan Phillips Square for pancake breakfast. Info:
May 25: Community Consultation for Kingston Road Planning Applications at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St. •622-646 Kingston Rd.: 6-7:30 p.m. •663-691 Kingston Rd.: 8-9:30 p.m. Learn about latest changes, ask questions, share comments. Info: 416-392-1376
May 27-Sept. 23: Flow in the Park – Summer Yoga in Kew Gardens (around the bandstand), Wednesdays 6:15-7:15 p.m. All levels welcome. Bring your own mat and water bottle. Children welcome. Sponsored by Afterglow Studio. Free or by donation to Friends of the Beach Parks. Info:
May 28: Free Seniors’ Movie – “Age of Adaline” at The Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St. E. Doors open 10 a.m., movie starts at 10:30 a.m. Presented by Rotary Club of Toronto Beach.
May 29: Davidson Yeager in Concert “Hypnotic Alt Rock for Mystics & Dreamers” at Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd., 7 p.m. C’mon out and get energized, entertained and renewed! $15 at the door. Advanced tickets $12 available at
May 29, June 24: Pegasus Community Project — Makers’ Meet-up, at 929 Kingston Rd., 2nd floor, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. A drop-in for all makers and creators of handmade things, and all who are interested in Pegasus and the Pegasus Store. Find out how you can meet new people and create together in support of persons with disabilities. Come see our new community space and help Pegasus to move into its next 20 years in our community.
May 30: Yard Sale at St. Clair O'Connor Community, 2701 St. Clair Ave. E. (at O'Connor Dr.), Meeting Room, 1st floor, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bake sale, silent auction, BBQ lunch. Info: 416-757-8757
May 30: Parking Lot Sale at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 904 Coxwell Ave. (at Cosburn), 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tables still available at $25. To book call 416-421-6878 ext 22
May 30: Beaches Artists’ & Artisans’ Spring Market at Beaches Presbyterian Church, 65 Glen Manor Dr., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Spring fashions for you and your home. Unique gifts created by local artists. Final day of this annual event.
May 30: Slobberfest at Leuty Pavillion on the boardwalk, foot of Lee Ave., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Hosted by Community Centre 55. Contests, vendors, products and services. Join the pack parade at 9 a.m. for a chance to be crowned 2015 Slobber King or Queen! For info on being a vendor plus more, call 416-691-1113 ext 223,
May 30: Beach Hill Neighbourhood Association’s Spring Fling, 2:30-7:30 p.m. rain or shine. Help plant hundreds of annuals along Gerrard Street (meet at corner of City Jug Milk, 2:30 p.m.), then join the Social at the Naval Club, 1910 Gerrard St., 5 p.m., for food and drinks. All welcome – members and non-members. Info:
May 31: Spring High Tea at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, 65 Curzon St., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Homemade baked goods and sandwiches, Spring Bonnet contest, and lots more! $12 adults, $5 children under 10. All proceeds to church projects. Tickets available at church or call 416-463-8638.
May 31: Church Bells Ring at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, Queen St. E. (at Silver Birch), 12 noon, to mark completion of the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The bells will honour the survivors of the residential schools, and mark a commitment to continuing the work of reconciliation among all Canadians.
June 2: Community Centre 55 Annual General Meeting at CC55, 97 Main St., 7 p.m. Agenda: to approve financial statements for fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2014; to receive Program report; to fill two vacancies on the Board of Management. Info: Debbie Visconti, Executive Director, 416-691-1113 ext 225
June 3: Grand Opening of Fairmount Park Farm Market at Fairmount Park, Gerrard St. E. between Coxwell and Woodbine, 3-7 p.m. Market is held Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m. Info:
June 4, 5: Hamlet in Norwood Park, 7 p.m. Presented by Bard in the Park.
June 6: Balmy Beach Residents Association host an information table at the Silver Birch Boathouse, at the boardwalk, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Information about the association and its relationship to the community will be available. Info:
June 6: 100 in 1 Day, a global festival of civic engagement and urban interventions with an aim to creating stronger communities and neighbourhoods. Various times and locations. Info:
June 9: Deadline for submitting nominations for officers of Ward 9 Community News Inc., publisher of Beach Metro Community News. For information see page 9.
June 11: Annual Choir Concert at St. John’s Catholic Church, 794 Kingston Rd., 7:30 p.m. Come and enjoy sacred and popular music including a guest performance by soprano Monica Parisi and a selection from Beauty and the Beast. Complimentary light refreshments afterwards. Freewill offering for Choir music fund gratefully accepted. Info: 416-699-2518
June 12: “Draw The Circle Wide” – a unique concert experience featuring “The Common Cup Company” at St. Aidan’s Church, 70 Silver Birch Ave., 7:30 p.m. A talented group of musicians who has produced five albums of original music ( Some of their best known songs appear in the newer Canadian Hymn Books in the United, Anglican and Presbyterian churches. Tickets $20 available at church office, by phone at 416-691-2222 or email Info:
June 13: Open House at Beaches Co-operative Playschool, 975 Kingston Rd. (entrance on Scarborough Rd.), 3-5:30 p.m. Registration open for 2015-2016, programs offered for children aged 18 months to 5 years, plus afternoon kindergarten curriculum. Info: or e-mail Ashley
June 16: Beach Garden Society Meeting & Flower Show at Adam Beck Community Centre, 79 Lawlor Ave., 7:15-9 p.m. ‘Gardening to Attract Birds’ with Paul Oliver. New members and guests welcome. Light refreshments served. Info:,
Mondays: French Conversation Group for adults, 7-9 p.m. This is a group of about 10 people at the intermediate level and above. If you are highly motivated and interested in joining, please call (leave your number if the answering machine responds) 416-699-4681
Tuesdays: Beaches Mental Wellness Group at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., 7-8 p.m. Peers helping peers with issues affecting mental health. Info:
Second Tuesday of every month: Amnesty International, in the Beach, meets at St. John’s Norway Church (Woodbine Ave. at Kingston Rd.), 7 p.m., to support Amnesty’s Human Rights work, through letter-writing actions and through organized public events to generate awareness of Human Rights actions worldwide. New members are most welcome. Info:
Fridays: Friendly French Conversation Group at Calvary Baptist Church, 74 Main St. (rear entrance, lower level), 9:30-11:30 a.m. All levels welcome. Don’t use it you’ll lose it. Info: Diana 416-698-6537
Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E. •Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies, 2 p.m. May 20: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014); May 27: The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) •May 27: The eh List Author Series, 7 p.m. Meet Kim Thuy, whose first book ‘Ru’ won a Giller nomination and the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. Her latest novel, ‘Man’, is a surprising tale of love, food and travel. Info: 416-393-7703
Danforth/Coxwell Library, 1675 Danforth Ave. •May 20: Canadian Journalists & Coverage of the Gaza War, 6:30-8 p.m., with veteran investigative reporter Andrew Mitrovica. Drop-in. Space is limited. •May 27: Five Things You Don’t Know About Terry Fox, 6:30-8 p.m. Jenny Ellison explores how Canadians were inspired by Fox in ways you might not expect. Drop in. Space is limited. Info: 416-393-7783
Gerrard Ashdale Library, 1432 Gerrard St. E. •May 21: Your Body on ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ – Cancer Recognition by the Immune System, 7-8 p.m. An educational seminar presented by SciChat Immunology graduate students from the University of Toronto. All welcome. Info: 416-393-7717,, Library is wheelchair accessible.
St. John’s Catholic Church Choir welcomes new members. We practise Thursdays 7:30-9 p.m. and perform Sundays at 11 a.m. at 794 Kingston Rd. (3 blocks east of Main St.). You don’t have to have musical training to sing with us, but you do have to like singing and want to be with others to make the whole greater than the sum of the parts. We are friendly and welcoming and our leader is a wonderful music teacher. Info: Paul Williams 416-699-2518
Rotary Club of Toronto Beach holds a breakfast meeting every Tuesday, 7 a.m., at the Balmy Beach Club. For information please visit or call Judy Orr 416-690-2123
Beaches Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at their Clubhouse, 10 Ashbridges Bay Park Rd. Interested in serving your community? Call Andy Buhot 416-690-3324. Info:
Fallingbrook Presbyterian Church, 35 Wood Glen Road (corner of Kingston Road and Wood Glen). Join us Sundays 10:30 a.m. for a dynamic, spiritually relevant service accompanied by excellent music. Families are always welcome and we offer a Sunday school program. Info:
Beaches Presbyterian Church, 65 Glen Manor Dr. (S of Queen) in the heart of the Beach. Worship in a family-friendly, relaxed environment. Sunday School and Nursery available. Coffee and new friendships are Free! LGTB friendly. Sundays 10:30 a.m. Info:, 416-699-5871
St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, Queen St. E. at Silver Birch Ave. •Sunday Services are 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. (Church School & Nursery at 10:30). •Mid-week service - Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. All welcome. Info: 416-691-2222,
Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave. •Sunday Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Nursery care & children’s activity time available. •Choir practice, Thursdays 7:30 p.m. •Crafts, Thursdays 9:30-11:30 a.m. •May 30: So You Are Dead, A Funeral Planning Workshop, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Sponsored by St. John’s Norway Church, Basic Funerals and Beach United Church. Info: 416-691-8082, We are on facebook and twitter @NewBeachUnited
Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, 33 East Rd. (Kingston Rd. & Warden Ave.). •Sunday Worship Services, 10:30 a.m. •May 24: Pentecost & Welcoming of New Members •May 31, June 7, 14, 21: Sunday Worship Service •May 23: Springfest, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Info:
Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 79 Hiawatha Rd. (S of Gerrard, W of Coxwell). Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Special children’s programs. Spirited choir. Are you searching for a community where people honour each other’s beliefs? Let us have the honour of supporting you on your spiritual path as you discover Unitarian Universalism. We are an open-minded inclusive congregation. •May 24: NUUC Concert Series presents Jubilate Singers, 2 p.m. A mixed voice chamber choir. Tickets $15. Info:, 416-686-6809

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