To add your event to our Community Calendar, please send details to Melinda Drake


May 17: Dog Training Seminar at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Understand what your dog is thinking and why they act the way they do. Presented by professional dog trainer Irene Laurendeau. Free – donations accepted. Space limited. To reserve: 416-691-1113
May 18: Ward 32 Environment Day at Ted Reeve Arena parking lot (enter off Ted Reeve Dr. off Gerrard St. E.), 4-8 p.m. Info: 416-392-1376 or
May 18: Balmy Beach Lawn Bowling Club Open House, at the foot of Beech Ave., 6:45 p.m. Free lessons provided, come alone or bring a friend. Info: 416-699-3706 (leave a message) or email
May 20: Beach Garden Society Plant Sale at Adam Beck Community Centre, 79 Lawlor Ave., 9-11:30 a.m. Hundreds of organically grown perennials. Info: 416-699-4353,
May 20-22: Spring Plant Sale Fundraiser at 14 Lyall Ave. (Main & Kingston Rd.), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. This annual sale of garden perennials, held by Michael Erdman and the Cantemus Singers, raises money for the Emergency Food Bank at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Regent Park, part of the Daily Bread Food Bank network. Over 1,000 well-grown perennials are sold at reasonable prices. Info: 416-578-6602,
May 23: Free Presentation on the Islam Religion at St. John Catholic Church, 794 Kingston Rd., 7:30 p.m. Presented by Dr. Hamid Slimi, founder and president of Faith of Life Network, a charitable organization focused on providing spiritual and educational programs as well as bridge building with other faiths for peace building and harmony. Dr. Slimi will give an overview of the history and basic knowledge/precepts of the Muslim faith. Refreshments. Please use rear entrance to the church Hall (stair access only). Parking is in the back. Info: Lucille 416-953-0890
May 25: Deadline for submitting nominations for officers of Ward 9 Community News Inc., publisher of Beach Metro Community News. For more information see May 2 issue, page 7.
May 25: Free Seniors’ Movie – “Their Finest” 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 25-June 1: SOLE Alternative End of Year Arts Gala at Fresh Paint Studio, 1849 Danforth Ave. Opening: May 25, 7-10 p.m. Event showcases visual art, photography, and graphic design. Opening night gala includes food, refreshments and DJ. Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m., Monday closed. Info: Karin Vollmer, Art/Guidance, 416-393-0756 x 30141
May 26-28: The Beach Guild of Fine Art ‘Small Paintings for Small Spaces’ Art Show & Sale at The Gardener’s Cottage, Lee Ave. south of Queen Street East in Kew Gardens, Friday 3-8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Showcasing over 30 artists.
May 27: Spring Fling at True Davidson Acres, 200 Dawes Rd., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. BBQ and tea room, raffle, handmade crafts & lightly used goods for sale, a bake table and so much more! All proceeds go to support the work of the volunteers and benefit the residents. Info: 416-397-0400
May 27: Historical Walk through St. John’s Cemetery with Gene Domagala, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Meet at Woodbine Ave. and Kingston Rd.
May 27: Mortar & Pestle Productions presents ‘Death of an Artist’ Fundraiser at Gerrard Art Space, 1475 Gerrard St. E., 7-11 p.m. Tickets $40 include 4 course dinner with drink pairings, original play written by Kiel Frank, hors d’oeuvres, goody bags, door prizes, silent auction, 50/50 draw, and raffle. Tickets available at
May 27: Yard Sale at St. Paul’s United Church, 200 McIntosh St. (W of Midland, N of Kingston Rd.), 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Vendors, BBQ, bake sale and more! Vendor spaces available for $30. Info:, 416-261-4222
May 27: Fun Fair at Dundas Public School, 935 Dundas St. E. (E of Broadview Ave.), 11 a.m.-3 p.m. rain or shine. Great food, bouncy castles, entertainment, games & prizes.
May 27: Urban Day Camp at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Door prize available! Donations gratefully accepted. All proceeds send kids with congenital heart disease to summer camp. Sing a-long with Murray Foster (member of Great Big Sea), craft table, and more! RSVP: Info: Website:
May 27: Cycles, Cheese & Cocktails Fundraiser at Cristiano Health & Fitness, 1386 Gerrard St. E., 8 p.m. Pairings of artisanal cheeses and cocktails. Silent auction. Tickets $50. All proceeds benefit the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Tickets and info:
May 27, 28: Doors Open. Visit venues that are architecturally, historically, culturally, and socially significant. Info:
May 27, 28: Doors Open at the Anglican Church of St. John the Baptist, Norway, 470 Woodbine Ave. (at Kingston Rd.), Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Join us to celebrate the 125th anniversary of this historic church building.. Music Recital: Saturday 12:30 p.m. & Sunday 1 p.m. Cemetery Walk with Gene Domagala: Saturday 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Accessible venue, plenty of parking. Info: 416-691-4650.
May 27, 28: Woofstock at Woodbine Park, Saturday 10 a.m-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
May 28: Fallingbrook Presbyterian Church 70th Anniversary at 35 Wood Glen Rd. (at Kingston Rd.), 10:30 a.m. All friends, family and alumnae are invited to the 10:30 celebration service with guest minister, The Rev’d Stephen Kendall (former Fallingbrook minister, now Principal Clerk, General Assembly). Celebratory lunch at The Toronto Hunt, 12:45 p.m. RSVP before May 15 to Info: 416-699-3084 or
May 28: Plan Your Own Funeral – an interactive seminar at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, 70 Silver Birch Ave., 12 noon-3 p.m. This seminar covers information on how to design your own funeral or memorial service, making a will, and how to decide on burial or cremation options. Offered by St Aidan’s Church, with Beach lawyer Geoff Dashwood, and Giffen-Mack Funeral Home. Free lunch provided. Cost is free for parishioners, $20 for general public. Register by calling the church office at 416-691-2222 or emailing
May 28: Jazz Music Service at Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, 33 East Rd. (Warden Ave. & Kingston Rd.), 10:30 a.m. Share spirituality through the memorable words and melodies of jazz standards performed by professional musicians. Featuring the BBUC choir and special guest artists. All welcome, nursery care provided. Info:
May 29: Bike to Work Day, various locations. Info:
May 29: Scarborough Osteoporosis Support & Information Group at Scarborough Village Recreation Centre, 3600 Kingston Rd. (at Markham Rd.), 10 a.m.-noon. Admission and parking free. Info: 416-396-4051
May 29, June 5, 12: Money Matters - Financial skills for tight budgets at East End Community Health Centre, 1619 Queen St. E., Mondays 1-3 p.m. An interactive program suited for people living on social assistance. Understand your current relationship with money, budgeting, income tax, benefits, and credits. Debt and credit management -learn to improve your credit! This program is free, visit for Centre information. Registration: Jackie Carruthers 416-778-5805 x 220
May 30: Beach & East Toronto Historical Society AGM at Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Guest speaker, John Ellis will talk about “Woodbine Race Track: Impact on the Beach Neighbourhood.”
May 31: Last day to purchase membership in Ward 9 Community News Inc. prior to AGM.
June 2-29: “Connections” by Quilts on the Wall at S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Ave. Opening reception: June 9, 5:30-8 p.m.
June 3: Springfest at Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, 33 East Rd. (Warden Ave. & Kingston Rd.), 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Treasures, plants, baking, knife sharpening, garden workshops, books, draw, BBQ and yummy treats. Info: 416-694-4081
June 3: Fun Fair at Duke of Connaught School, 70 Woodfield Rd., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. rain or shine. Family fun and laughter – music, games, prizes, yummy food, and much more. Info:
June 3: Father Daughter Dance at Beach United Great Hall, 140 Wineva Ave., 6-8 p.m. A special evening for daughters of all ages and their father or father figure, in support of Heart & Stroke. Moms & sons are welcome, too. This ‘fun’draising evening features a DJ dance, games, prizes, portrait photography, raffles, treats, and a mobile salon. Tickets: Info: 416-489-7111 ext 3051
June 6: 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, 2016 and to receive our Program report. For additional information please contact Debbie Visconti, Executive Director Community Centre 55 at 416-691-1113 ext. 225
June 8: Ward 9 Community News Inc. Annual General Meeting at 2196 Gerrard St. E., 7 p.m. See more information in the May 2 edition, Page 7.
June 10, 11: Beaches Arts & Crafts Show at Kew Gardens, 2075 Queen St. E. (at Lee Ave.), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. rain or shine. This annual outdoor marketplace features over 150 of Canada’s most talented artists, artisans, and designers, and this year includes a four-by-six-foot banner for visitors to sign, wishing Canada a Happy 150th Birthday! The show supports Neighbourhood Link Support Services. Info:
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:
Tuesdays: ‘Dancing with Parkinson’s’ Dance Class at Kingston Road United Church (Mitchell Hall – fully accessible facility), 975 Kingston Rd., 1-2 p.m. This Toronto-based dance class helps those with Parkinson’s disease explore the potential of their own movement through choreography and improvisation. No dance experience necessary. Caregivers/spouses are welcome but it is not necessary to bring a dance partner. $10/class. Instructor: Claire Wootten, long-time Beacher and Associate Professor in Dept. of Dance, York University. Info and registration: Sarah Robichaud 647-217-9252, or
Pegasus Thrift Store, 931 Kingston Rd. 50% off our Designer Rack clothing. Thank you for supporting Pegasus.
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 Nancy L’Estrange 416- 686-2906
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:
AN EQUINE PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY at Studio 888, 2359 Queen St. E., until May 28. Part of Contact Photography Festival for 2017. Opening reception May 18, 6-8:30 p.m.Info: 416-200-5551,,
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: Photographic exhibit by Lisa Robertson & John Davidson ‘The Allure Of The Forest’ at The Great Escape Book Store, 957 Kingston Rd. May 1-31. Open Tues-Sat 10-5pm, Sun 12-5pm
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
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.
Bridge, friendly duplicate, at Beaches Recreation Centre, 6 Williamson Road. Fridays 10.30 a.m. Players of all levels are welcome. Basic knowledge of bridge is necessary. Spring Session running until the middle of June. Info:
10 weeks of Mindfulness for mental health: Dialectical Stress Reduction DSR. Do you struggle with finding inner peace when you are still in the moment? This 10-week mindfulness-based program is a blend of two powerful healing models (DBT and MBSR -Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) taught by two very passionate mindful teachers. Participants in this group will develop ways in which to manage the current impact of stress on their day-to-day lives and to enhance their well-being over their lifespan. Course starts June 6 in the Danforth and Chester area. To register:
Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E. •Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies, 2-4 p.m. Cinematic classics, new releases, foreign films and documentaries. May 17 – The Road to Morocco (1942); May 24 – Bollywood/Hollywood (2002); May 31 – The Tamarind Seed (1974) •May 18: ‘Beyond Bankers – Resisting the New Feudalism’, 7 p.m., with author Joyce Nelson •May 30: Meet the Mesdames of Mayhem – Author Talk with M. H. Callway, Lisa de Nikolits, Catherine Astolfo, Rosemary McCracken, and Catherine Dunphy, 2 p.m. •May 31: Calls Across the Pacific – Author Talk with Zoe S. Roy, 7 p.m. The story of Nina Huang during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Info: 416-393-7703
Gerrard Ashdale Library, 1432 Gerrard St. E. •May 20: Bollywood Dance Class, 2-3 p.m. A workshop with Broken Dance Inc. Drop-in. •May 30: Meet Sang Kim, writer, playwright, restaurateur and chef. Info: 416-393-7717,, Library is wheelchair accessible.
St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, Queen St. E. at Silver Birch Ave. •Sunday Services, 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. (Children’s Program & Nursery at 10:30) •Wednesday: Mid-week Service, 10:30 a.m.; Bible Study and Christian Meditation, 7:30 p.m. All welcome. Info: Church Office 416-691-2222,
St. Saviour’s Anglican Church, 43 Kimberley Ave. (at Swanwick Ave.) All welcome. Info: 416-699-6512,
Hope United Church, 2550 Danforth Ave. All are welcome! •May 17: Green Earth Messy Church, 5:30-7 p.m. •May 27: Jazz Vespers •Thursdays: Free Yoga, 10:30 a.m. Info: 416-691-9682,
Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave. All welcome! •Regular Sunday Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Nursery care & children’s activity time provided. •Final Interfaith Lunch of the Season 11am-1pm, Thursday, May 18 •Beach United Kids Clean Up! Help clean up a messy area of the beach. Wear appropriate clothes for weather and getting dirty, 10:30-11:45 am, May 21 •Worship Amplified: Worship service with live band, 10:30 am Sunday, May 28 •Enjoy singing? Our Sunday choir welcomes new members. Rehearsals are every Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. Info: 416-691-8082, Find us on Facebook.
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:
Centre for Spiritual Living, 1311 Queen St. E. We are an inclusive, welcoming community, spiritual not religious, providing inspiring programs, fun events, and learning opportunities exploring the works of some of the most influential thought leaders. •Sunday Celebration with Rev. Helen Valleau, Meditation 10:30 a.m.,. Sunday Service featuring The Queen Street Band 11 a.m. •Wednesday evening Meditation 6 p.m. Info: 416-778-5433,,