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May 18: Messy Church @ Main & Danforth at Hope United Church, 2550 Danforth Ave. (at Main St.), 5:30-7 p.m. A fun-filled family event for all ages. Activities, crafts, storytelling, music, and supper. Theme this month is “Literacy” with a special guest, the “Word Monster.” Info: 416-691-9682,
May 19: Community Environment Day with Ward 32 councillor McMahon at Ted Reeve Arena parking lot (enter off Ted Reeve Dr., north of Gerrard St. E.), 4-8 p.m. Info:, 416-392-1376
May 22: Acoustic Afternoons – A Spring Concert Series presents Beth Moore at Grinder, 126 Main St., 2 p.m. PWYC.
May 26: Deadline for submitting nominations for officers of Ward 9 Community News Inc., publisher of Beach Metro Community News. For more information see May 3 issue, page 7.
May 26: Free Seniors’ Movie – “Batman vs Superman” 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 27, 28, 29: Small Paintings for Small Spaces – Spring 2016, at the Gardener’s Cottage, Lee Ave. (south of Queen St. E.), Friday 3-8 p.m., Saturday/Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Over 40 of the Beach Guild of Fine Art artists will be delighted to talk with you about their work. Note cards, and raffle tickets for lucky draw. Info:,
May 28: Historical Walk with Gene Domagala, 1 p.m. Meet at the southwest corner of Main and Gerrard Streets, and take a stroll through this leafy Upper Beach neighbourhood, visiting some historical homes along the way.
May 28: Beach Hill Neighbourhood Association’s Spring Fling at the Naval Club, 1910 Gerrard St. E., 2:30-7:30 p.m. Help plant annuals along Gerrard Street. Bring gardening tools and wheelbarrows and meet at corner beside City Jug Milk at 2:30 p.m. Then stop in to the Naval Club from 5-7:30 for refreshments and family activities. Info:, Facebook BHNA I’m a Local, and Twitter @BeachHill_NA
May 28: Balmy Beach Residents’ Association hosts “Fun, Frisbees, and Heritage” at the boardwalk, adjacent to the Silver Birch Boathouse, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in conjunction with Toronto Parks and Recreation, historian Gene Domagala, Community Centre 55 and sponsor Valu-mart. Take part in Frisbee competitions and learn about local history. Info:
May 28: Spring Fair at Fairmount Public School, 31 Sloley Rd. (Kingston & McCowan), 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Bouncy castle, dual lane slide, scavenger hunt, dunk tank, kids raffle room, vendor tables, pizza, popcorn and cotton candy, yummy food, tea room, silent auction, games, and lots more! Family fun and community spirit! Info: 416-396-6240,
May 28: Fun Fair at John A. Leslie Public School, 459 Midland Ave. (north of Kingston Rd.), 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Bouncy castles, games, face painting, henna art, lots of great food. Fun for the whole family!
May 28: “Music @ Main & Danforth” presents a “Jazz Vespers – What a Wonderful World” at Hope United Church, 2550 Danforth Ave., 4:30-5:15 p.m. Featuring Bill MacLean (vocals), Brian Stevens (piano) and Michael LaLonde (bass). Admission is free with offering. Info: 416-691-9682,
May 28, 29: Woofstock at Woodbine Park, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Info:
May 28, 29: Doors Open. Tour buildings that are architecturally, culturally, historically and socially significant. Free. Info:
May 30: Ward 32 Walkability Summit at Bowmore Public School, 80 Bowmore Rd., 6-8 p.m. Discuss the benefits and barriers of walking to school. Hosted by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon with guest speaker, Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner of the City of Toronto, along with a panel of speakers and group discussion. RSVP:, 416-392-1376
May 30: Bike to Work Day. Breakfast at Nathan Phillips Square.
May 30, June 27: Older Women’s Group Drop-in at Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre (BBNC), 93 Birchmount Rd. (at Kingston Rd.), 1-3 p.m. We meet one Monday per month in an informal setting to connect in a mutually supportive atmosphere. Pursue opportunities for social interaction, networking, learning and creativity, sharing experiences and resources. First meeting free, but membership is required for continued attendance.
June 2: Beach Photo Club at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave., 7:15 p.m. Topic: Compelled to Connect your Camera, all about the latest technology, with David Barnard. Group meets 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. Everyone from the novice to the experienced is welcome. Info:
June 4: Scarborough Central Lions Annual Spring Mega Yard Sale & Flea Market at Scarborough Arena Gardens parking lot (Birchmount & Kingston Rds.), 9 a.m.-2 p.m. rain or shine. Rent a space 18’x18’ - $30. Plus tables $5 each extra. Info or to book a space: Lion Mary 416-438-4471
June 4: Greening your Grounds with Rain Gardens – Workshop and Walking Tour at Kimbourne Park United Church, 200 Wolverleigh Blvd., 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Join Toronto and Region Conservation and the David Suzuki Foundation’s Homegrown National Park Rangers for a day of garden inspiration, starting with a presentation on how to create your own natural garden oasis, followed by a walk through the neighbourhood to see some beautiful and hardworking rain gardens in action. There will be an ‘at cost’ social BBQ led by the Kimbourne Community Permaculture Garden group at the end of the rain garden tour. Please wear comfortable walking shoes for the tour. Registration:
June 4, 5: Grand Opening of Afterglow Studio and Freshii, 2032 Queen St. E., 2nd floor, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free classes, lululemon pop-up shop, complimentary food from Freshii and David’s Tea. Info:,
June 7: Community Centre 55 Annual General Meeting at 97 Main St., 7 p.m., for the purpose of considering and taking action with respect to the following: to approve the financial statements of Community Centre 55 for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015; to receive our Program report; and to fill three vacancies on the Board of Management. For additional information please contact Debbie Visconti, Executive Director Community Centre 55 at 416-691-1113 ext 225
June 9: Annual Choir Concert at St. John’s Catholic Church, 794 Kingston Rd., 7:30 p.m. There’s something for every taste in this year’s Concert including Bach, Spirituals, Opera and Broadway. Complimentary light refreshments afterwards. Freewill offering for Choir expenses gratefully accepted. Info: 416-699-2518
June 11, 12: Beaches Arts & Crafts Show at Kew Gardens, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Show features over 150 Canadian artists, artisans and designers, with 55 new exhibitors this year. A portion of proceeds will go toward Neighbourhood Link Support Services. Free admission. Info:
June 16-Sept 15: For the Health of It at East End Community Health Centre, 1619 Queen Street East, Thursdays 1:30-3:30 p.m. Want to learn to plan and cook well balanced meals, control portions, read labels and be more active? This program is for people who are at risk for or have chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease and are motivated to make lifestyle changes. It is free to people on a limited income, living in the East End CHC catchment. See for Centre information. For program information, or to register, call Olivia at 416-778-5805 ext. 208
June 23: Diabetes – Understand It, Manage It! at 11 Coatsworth Cres., 1st floor recreation room, 11 a.m. Coxwell Pharmacy and Neighbourhood Link Support Services present this educational talk. Topics include: What is Diabetes? Who is most likely to get Diabetes? How do you know if you have Diabetes? Can it be prevented? How can we treat Diabetes? Bring all of your medications along with you, as well as any questions you may have for the pharmacist! A light lunch will be provided. Info: Janet Keenan 416-691-7407 ext 224
Mondays-Fridays: O.S.P.C.A. Thrift Shop, 2232 Kingston Rd., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Good bargains in clothes, shoes, household items, etc., Donations welcome. Pickup arranged (416-694-4853). Help support the animals. Info: 416-266-7716
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:
Wednesdays: GRASP (Grief Recovery After Substance Passing) Support Group at St. Bonaventure Church, 1300 Leslie St. (south of Lawrence Ave.), 7-9 p.m. A peer-to-peer community support group for parents and families who have lost a loved one due to substance abuse and addiction. Comfort and empathy is available from others with the same loss. Info: call/text 647-274-3224, email, visit
Thursdays: Walking Group at East End Community Health Centre, 1619 Queen St. E., 10-11 a.m. Want to get moving and improve your health? Come join the East End Walking Group for a stroll around the neighbourhood, followed by some light stretching. For more programs, check the Centre’s program calendar at To participate in the walking group, call Zari 416-778-5805 ext. 222
Sundays: Open Mic at Hirut Restaurant, 2050 Danforth Ave., 3-6 p.m. All ages and styles welcome. Host is Nicola Vaughan. Family-friendly. No cover charge. Info: 416-551-7560
Beach Interfaith Outreach Lunch and Fellowship for Adults, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. •Mondays – no lunches currently •Tuesday at St. Nicholas Anglican Church (1512 Kingston Rd.) May 17 •Wednesdays at Beach Hebrew Institute (109 Kenilworth Ave.). •Thursdays at Beach United Church (140 Wineva Ave.) •Fridays at Kingston Road United Church (975 Kingston Rd.) first 3 Fridays of each month, and at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church the 4th Friday of each month. Program ends Friday, May 20. Info: 416-691-6869
Calvary “Grace Pascoe” Care Centre in conjunction with Daily Bread Food is open Tuesday and Thursday mornings 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for distribution of food to clients residing between Woodbine and Victoria Park, and Danforth to the lake. Donations of food accepted on those days. Enter from parking lot at rear of Calvary Baptist Church, Main and Benlamond. Info: Kathie or Ann 416-691-2899
Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E. •Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies, 2 p.m. Cinematic classics, new releases, foreign films and documentaries. May 18 – The Swimmer (1968); May 25 – Goldfinger (1964) • May 18: The Eh List – Edward Riche, author of ‘Today I Learned It Was You,’ 7-8 p.m. •June 16: Tim Falconer, author of ‘Bad Singer – The Surprising Science of Tone Deafness and How We Hear Music,’ 7-8 p.m. Info: 416-393-7703
Gerrard Ashdale Library, 1432 Gerrard St. E. •May 17: University of Toronto Sci-Chats – Vaccines Revealed, 7-8 p.m. •May 26: Book Club, 7 p.m. “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Info: 416-393-7717,, Library is wheelchair accessible.
Taylor Library, 1440 Kingston Rd. •May 17: Music of Newfoundland, 2 p.m. Original and traditional Celtic-style music with John Christopher accompanied by James McKie on fiddle and mandolin. •May 31: Ask an Expert – Top Tips for Top Vegetables, 7 p.m. Must-have advice on growing beans, onions, garlic, peppers, and other popular vegetables, plus growing vegetables in containers, optimizing yields and more. Info: 416-396-8940
Al- Anon at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., Wednesdays 7:15 p.m. Alateen members are welcome to attend. Info: 416-691-1113
Al-Anon Beach R&R Group meets Tuesdays at St. Aidan’s Church, Queen St. E. at Silver Birch Ave., 7:30 p.m. (newcomers’ meeting 7 p.m.). Use side door in middle of the building. No fees or dues.
The Kiwanis club of Riverdale meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at Chester Village, 3555 Danforth Ave. (at Warden Ave.), 12:15-1:30 p.m., from September until June. Contact Barbara Sneyd at 416-690-0147 or go to New members welcomed.
FertilityCare Free Introductory Sessions at 688 Coxwell Ave., Suite 100. Learn about the Creighton Model FertilityCare System at this one-hour presentation for women and couples. Private, individual follow-ups are booked once charting has begun. •Tuesday, June 8, at 6 p.m. •Friday, June 10, at 10 a.m. •Wednesday, June 15, at 6:45 p.m. •Saturday, June 18, at 12:45 p.m. Info:
Clothing Donations, new and gently-used, needed by local, low-income seniors and persons with disabilities. Jeans, cords, pants, tops, shorts, running shoes, socks, jackets, coats, etc. Male and female. Small, medium, and large. All contributions are greatly appreciated. For drop-off info, please call 416-690-5650.
Bard in the Park celebrates its 12th season with performances of “Love’s Labour’s Lost”, a play about love, loyalty and empowered women, set in the 1970s. •June 2 & 3: Norwood Park, 7 p.m. •June13-19: Kew Gardens, Monday to Saturday at 7 p.m., Saturday & Sunday at 2 p.m.
Farmers’ Markets •Leslieville Market in Jonathan Ashbridge Park (Queen St. E./Coxwell) opens Sunday, May 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. •East Lynn Market in East Lynn Park (Danforth/Woodbine) opens Thursday, June 2, 3-7 p.m.
Salvation Army East Toronto, 107 Cedarvale Ave. •Sunday Morning Worship, 11 a.m. Info: 416-467-7416
Beach United Church. Come and join us at 140 Wineva Ave. All are welcome! •Sunday Worship Service: 10:30am. Nursery care & children’s activity time available. •May 18: Speaker’s Series – “Poles Apart”. Author Terry Fallis tells the riotous tale of a male feminist who creates a stir when he becomes the country’s hottest blogger, 7:30 p.m. •May 28: Cooking with Soul, 9 a.m. Vegetarian burgers, fries and dips with guest chef Alison Scheuermann. •June 4: Knitting Group, 10 a.m. •June 10: Blood Donor Clinic, 1-10 p.m. Info: 416-691-8082, We are on Facebook and Twitter @NewBeachUnited
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 a.m. Info:, 416-699-5871
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:
St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, Queen St. E. at Silver Birch Ave. •Sunday Services are at 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. (Children’s Program & Nursery at 10:30) •Mid-week service, Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. •Bible Study, Wednesdays 7:30 p.m. All welcome. Info: 416-691-2222,