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March 21: Beach & East Toronto Historical Society present “The Lost and Found - British Home Children in Canada” with author Sandra Joyce at the Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E., 7-8:15 p.m.
March 22: Ward 32 ‘Friends of Parks’ Park Social at Rorschach Brewery, 1001 Eastern Ave., 7 p.m. Inspire and be inspired. Meet other community builders. RSVP: councillor_mcmahon@toronto.ca
March 24: Music On Main at Calvary Baptist Church, 72 Main St., 7:30 p.m. Featuring: Thomas Bell, Director of Music and Organist at St. Paul’s Bloor Street, and Shelley Faulkner/Merrilee Brand - 2 pianos, 4 hands. Followed by yummy desserts. Admission $10.00 at door. Info: 416-691-4721
March 25: Free Open Mic Event at The Social Gardener Café, Riverdale Hub, 1326 Gerrard St. E., 5-8 p.m. Anyone wishing to express their creativity through poetry, music or stand-up comedy is welcome. Food and coffee will be available for purchase at our vegan cafe. We are hoping to make this an ongoing event every last Saturday of the month. Register or express interest: nathanielpenner@hotmail.com
March 25: Earth Hour Lights Out! at Kew Gardens, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Music, dance, candlelight and paper lanterns. Earth Hour is observed globally by turning off lights between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Info: earthhour.org
March 27: Applegrove Community Complex Annual Meeting at 60 Woodfield Rd., 6:30 p.m. Applegrove expects 2 vacancies on the Board of Directors. To vote, membership must have been obtained by Feb. 24. Meeting includes a light supper, speaker, annual report, and awards. Info and RSVP: 416-461-8143
March 27: Spring Fashion Show at St. Thomas More Parish Hall, 2234 Ellesmere Rd. (east of Markham), 7:30 p.m. A great evening of fashions, fun, refreshments, draws, raffles and more. Tickets $25. Presented by the Canadian Federation of University Women, Scarborough Club, and a fundraiser for the club’s national 100th anniversary special award (2019) and support for the Scarborough Women’s Centre. Raffle proceeds to the Stephen Lewis Foundation for the “AIDS Grannies”. Tickets and info: 416-265-5995
March 27: Scarborough Osteoporosis Support and Information Group at Scarborough Village Recreation Centre, 3600 Kingston Rd. (at Markham Rd.), 10 a.m.-noon. Guest speaker is pharmacist, Anab Khan, RPH. Admission and parking free. Info: 416-396-4051
March 27: City of Toronto Seniors Strategy Public Consultation with Ward 32 Councillor Janet Davis at Stan Wadlow Clubhouse, 373 Cedarvale Ave., 1-3 p.m. The City of Toronto is developing the next version of the Toronto Seniors Strategy. Our goal is to improve City services for older Torontonians and make Toronto a more age-friendly city. The City is looking for input from seniors, care givers and agencies serving seniors. Info: 416-392-4035, Councillor_Davis@toronto.ca
March 29: Beaches-East York Federal Liberal Association Monthly Meeting at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., 7 p.m. This meeting is open to ALL. Regroup after at The Grover Pub & Grub, 676 Kingston Rd. for Politics in the Pub. Info: https://beaches-eastyork.liberal.ca
March 29: Coping with Grief and Loss at East End Community Health Centre, 1619 Queen St. E., 2-3:30 p.m. Come to this workshop to learn about the grief process and healthy coping strategies to deal with the many losses we experience throughout our lives. This program is free. Info: www.eastendchc.on.ca. Registration: Joanne Gallagher 416-778-5805 x 218
March 30: Free Seniors’ Movie – “Hidden Figures” starring Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer 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.
March 31: Silent Auction at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., 6-8 p.m. Proceeds support the year-round programs and services the Centre provides to the community. Info: 416-691-1113
March 31: Hirut Hoot Comedy Night at Hirut Fine Ethiopian Cuisine, 2050 Danforth Ave. (Woodbine Ave.), 9 p.m. $5. Info: 416-551-7560, hiruthoot@gmail.com
April 1: Beaches Spring Sprint along the boardwalk, starting with warm-up at 9:15 a.m. Registration March 28-30, 7-9 p.m., at Beaches Recreation Centre, 6 Williamson Rd. $25 cash or cheque. Info: springsprint@hotmail.com
April 1: Scarborough Seedy Saturday & Green Fair at Blessed Cardinal Newman High School, 100 Brimley Rd. S. (south of Kingston Rd.), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Heirloom seeds for sale and trade, seed exchange, gardening booths and advice, environmental organizations, green living ideas, workshops and more. Over 60 exhibitors and great kids activities. Bring in your electronics for recycling. $2 or Pay What You Can. Info: scarboroseedysaturday@gmail.com or facebook.com/SSSGFair
April 1: Conscience Canada presents monologues from Theatre of the Beat’s “Yellow Bellies” at Danforth Mennonite Church, 2174 Danforth Ave. (east of Woodbine Ave.), 3:30 p.m. People interested in conscientious objection to military taxation are welcome to attend the CC AGM at 2 p.m.
April 9: Vimy Ridge 100th Anniversary Memorial Service at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 73, 2 Robinson Ave., noon-7 p.m., service at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments to follow. DJ. Info: 416-691-4763
April 9: Bunny Hop! at Kaza Family Centre, 1386 Danforth Ave., 10 a.m.-noon. This fun for the whole family event features face painting, games and prizes, all celebrating spring. Pay what you can. Info: www.facebook.com/mycarevillage
April 11: Amnesty International, in the Beach, meets at St. John’s Norway Church, 470 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: 905-837-2659 (not long distance from Beaches/Toronto), soulahardy@gmail.com
April 14: Toronto Beach Chorale presents ‘Mozart’s Requiem’ at Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd. (at Scarborough Rd.), 7:30 p.m. This final concert of TBC’s season will include Salieri’s ‘Coronation Te Deum in D major’ and other works, featuring soloists and costumed actors performing dramatic readings from the Peter Shaffer play ‘Amadeus’. Tickets $25 general admission, $12 for youth 7-18, and children under 7 are free. Tickets available from choir members, at the door (cash only) or at www.torontobeachchorale.com
April 21: Retro 80’s Video Dance Party at St. Joseph Catholic School, 176 Leslie St., 7-11 p.m. DJ/VJ, lighting show and video screen, wine tasting with sommelier, appetizers/wine/beer, silent auction. 19+ only. Presented by St. Joseph Parent Council. Info: fundraiserstjoseph@gmail.com
May 2: Open House at Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club, 30 Ashbridge’s Park Rd., 6-9 p.m. Get into sailing this summer. Find out about our junior and adult learn-to-sail program or how to get out on the water without owning a boat. Info: 416-698-4498, www.abyc.on.ca
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. Drop off electronics (desktops, laptops, printers, etc.), household hazardous waste (cleaning supplies and solvents, paint, batteries, E-cigarettes, mercury thermometers, etc.), donate items (yarn, books, sporting goods, eyeglasses, etc.), exchange or pick up new green bins, pick up free compost. Info: 416-392-1376 or bit.ly/1eTvg9O
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: www.beachesmentalwellness.com
Tuesdays: The Barons Band at Baron Byng Legion, 243 Coxwell Ave., 1:30-3 p.m. Hot swingin’ jazz you can dance to! Info: Gerry O’Connor 416-429-6041, Paul Hallam 416-444-1956
Tuesdays: Toronto Circle of Healing at Toronto East Psychotherapy, 181 Carlaw Ave., Suite 305, 6-8 p.m. At this trauma-informed and mindfulness-based therapeutic group you will learn how to improve self-awareness and self-acceptance, become non-judgmental and compassionate toward yourself, reduce trauma-related symptoms and lower anxious feelings, increase your ability to cope, relax, and experience greater peace from within and around, gain skills to deal with triggers, and more. Info and reservation: 416-893-3917
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, register@dancingwithparkinsons.com or clairefwootten@gmail.com
First Saturday of every month (September to May): Food and Fellowship Soup Kitchen at Grant AME Church, 2029 Gerrard St. E., 3-6 p.m. This program, supported by Second Harvest, provides a hot meal to those in need. Info: 416-690-5169
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 www.torontobeachrotary.org 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: www.beacheslions.com
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 www.riverdalekiwanis.com. New members welcomed.
Beach Interfaith Outreach Lunch and Fellowship for Adults, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. •Mondays at Corpus Christi Church (1810 Queen St. E.) •Tuesdays alternating at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church (70 Silver Birch Ave.) March 21, April 4, April 18, May 2 and at St. Nicholas Anglican Church (1512 Kingston Rd.) March 28, April 11, April 25, May 9 •Wednesdays at Beach Hebrew Institute (109 Kenilworth Ave.) Closed April 5 & 12 •Thursdays at Beach United Church (140 Wineva Ave.) •Fridays at Kingston Road United Church (975 Kingston Rd.) Info: 416-691-6869
Great Escape Book Store presents The Book and Film Club “Strangers on a Train” •April 12: Read it! at Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd., 7 p.m. Meet and discuss. •April 19: Watch it! at The Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St. E., 7 p.m., followed by a film talk. Info and to sign up: 416-691-7150, facebook.com/greatescapebookstore
Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E. •Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies, 2-4 p.m. Cinematic classics, new releases, foreign films and documentaries. March 22 – The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014); March 29 – Amy (2106); April 5 – A Walk in the Woods (2015) •March 23: Cervical Cancer – Detection and Prevention, 2-3 p.m. Learn risk factors and preventative steps from a Toronto Public Health nurse. Info: 416-393-7703
Danforth/Coxwell Library, 1675 Danforth Ave. •March 29: Nordic Polling, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn about Nordic Polling, why you see people doing it everywhere and how you can get started. •April 5: Knit & Lit, 6:30-8 p.m. Share ideas, skills or knit socially. Info: 416-393-7783
Gerrard Ashdale Library, 1432 Gerrard St. E. •Mondays: Adult Crafternoon, 2-3 p.m. Learn and teach others how to knit and quilt in a friendly, casual setting. •Wednesdays: After School Lego Club, 4-5 p.m. Create, share, play! •March 23: Friends of Gerrard Ashdale Library, 2-3 p.m. Tell us what programs you would like the library to offer. •March 25: Chess Club, 1-2:30 p.m.; Family Tech Club, 2-3 p.m. •March 30: Book Club, 7-8 p.m. March selection is ‘Howards End’ by E. M. Forster. Info: 416-393-7717, ashdaleevents@gmail.ca, www.torontopubliclibrary.ca. Library is wheelchair accessible.
Main Street Library, 137 Main St. •April 19: Earth’s Extremes and a Changing Planet, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Join George Kourounis of stormchaser.ca and TV series “Angry Planet” for a look at some of his adventures documenting extreme forces of nature. •May 2: Ten Tips for Low Maintenance Gardening, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn time-saving tricks and great picks for easy-care plants. Info: 416-393-7700
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. and Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. •Wednesdays in March and on April 5: Meditation 7:30-8:15 p.m. All welcome. Info: Church Office 416-691-2222, staidansinthebeach.com
Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave. All welcome! •Regular Sunday Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. All are welcome! Nursery care & children’s activity time provided. •Blood Donor Clinic, March 23, 1:30-7:30 p.m. •Cooking with Soul “Mexican Style”, March 25, 9 a.m. Enchiladas, Mexican beans and rice, and Tres Leche Cake with guest chef Felice Gorica. $12. •Art of the Spirit, March 27, 7-8 p.m. Explore your spiritual pathway through art with Brett Boyko. •Beach Jam Night, March 28, 7 p.m. •Jazz & Reflection, April 1, 4:30 p.m. “On a Clear Day, You Can See Forever” with Lara Solnicki Trio •Interfaith Lunch Program Thursdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Join us for a time of sharing good food and community. •Enjoy singing? Our Sunday choir welcomes new members. Rehearsals are every Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. Info: 416-691-8082, www.beachunitedchurch.com. Find us on Facebook.
Hope United Church, 2550 Danforth Ave. •March 22: Seniors Line Dance, 1:30-3:30 p.m. •March 23: Yoga for all ages with Mary Rose, 10:30 a.m. Free! •March 25: Jazz Vespers, 4:30 p.m. •April 9: Easter Concert “Where Have They Taken My Lord” an Easter Cantata sung by Hope United Choir and Vox Aeris Brass Trio, 2-4 p.m. •Sunday Worship Service, 11 a.m. All are welcome! Info: 416-691-9682, HopeUnited.ca
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: www.beacheschurch.org, 416-699-5871
Fallingbrook Presbyterian Church, 35 Wood Glen Road (corner of Kingston Road and Wood Glen). Join us at our Lenten and Easter services. •Sundays in Lent at 10:30 a.m. •Palm Sunday, April 9, 10:30 a.m. •Maundy Thursday, April 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m. with potluck and communion service downstairs in the Friendship Hall •Good Friday, April 14, 10:30 a.m., joint service with Kingston Road United Church at their church •Easter Sunday Communion, April 16, 10:30 a.m., featuring the choir and a trumpeter. Info: 416-699-3084, www.fallingbrookpresbyterian.com