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Jan. 9: Scarborough Garden & Horticultural Society General Meeting and Free Presentation “Historic Gardens of Spadina House” by Wendy Woodworth, Historic Horticulturist at the Gardens, at Scarborough Village Recreation Centre, 3600 Kingston Rd. (at Markham Rd.), 7 p.m. Guests welcome. Refreshments included.
Jan. 9-19: Crazy Clear Out Sale at Studio 888, 2359 Queen St. E. (just west of Beech Ave.). Paintings, linoprints, ceramics, Hummel figures and much more! Hours for this show: Tuesday to Sunday 12:30 - 4:30 / Thursday to 7:30 and also by chance (open lots) & appointment. Info: 416-200-5551, studio888art@gmail.com, www.studio888.ca
Jan. 9-27: The Drawing Show at Gerrard Art Space, 1475 Gerrard St. E. Reception – Saturday, Jan. 12, 3-6 p.m. Info: 416-778-0923, www.facebook.com/events/698962290466233/
Jan. 10: Beach Photo Club at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave., 7-9:30 p.m. Topic: “Body to Body” with Steve Kean. Club meets first and third Thursday of every month (September to May). Info: www.beachphotoclub.com, beachphotoclub@gmail.com
Jan. 11 (ongoing): Employment Training Programs for Newcomer Women at Riverdale Immigrant Women's Centre, 1326 Gerrard St. E. Training programs for women on social assistance (Ontario Works) provide essential skill building, hands-on training, and ongoing support in the food and hospitality sector, tourism, and more. Info: 416-465-6021, info@riverdalehub.ca
Jan. 12: Beaches-East York MPP Rima Berns-McGown’s Grand Opening and Open House at 1821 Danforth Ave., 1-3 p.m. Info: 416-690-1032, rberns-mcgown-co@ndp.on.ca
Jan. 13: Scarborough Southwest MPP Doly Begum’s New Year’s Levee at West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre, 313 Pharmacy Ave. (S of St. Clair), 2-4 p.m. Info: 416-261-9525, dbegum-co@ndp.on.ca
Jan. 13: Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith and Councillor Brad Bradford host New Year's Levee at Firkin on Danforth, 2057 Danforth Ave., 2-4 p.m. Info: 416-467-0860
Jan. 15: Beach & East Toronto Historical Society present Joanne Doucette – The Kingston Road Tramway 1872-1885 Ben Lamond to the Don River, at the Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E., 7-8:15 p.m. Admission free. All welcome. Info: www.tbeths.com
Jan. 17: Join Our Team Pop-up Session at Expedia Cruiseshipcenters East York, 2474 Danforth Ave., 2-3:30 p.m. How to become a full-time or part-time vacation consultant. Info: Charlotte 647-351-6699
Jan. 19: Acoustic Harvest and Winterfolk XVII Blues & Roots Festival present Winterfolk XVII Preview and Benefit Concert at St. Paul’s United Church, 200 McIntosh St., 8 p.m. Featuring Cassie & Maggie, Donné Roberts, Ori Dagan, Shake the Bellows, Ken Yoshioka, and Alana & Leigh Cline. Festival wristbands only $10 at the preview! Tickets $25 at door, $22 advance at www.acousticharvest.ca. More info: www.winterfolk.com
Jan. 19: SoundWave Café at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave., 2:30-4:30 p.m. Featuring contemporary folk singer/songwriter/guitarist Claire Coupland “Her warm, funny, and engaging stage manner, on top of her heart wrenching songs, ornate finger picking, and velvety smooth voice are sure to stay with her audience long after the show is over.” Freewill offering. Complimentary coffee and tea.
Jan. 24: Join Our Team Info Session at Expedia Cruiseshipcenters East York, 2474 Danforth Ave., 7-8:30 p.m. How to become a full-time or part-time vacation consultant. Info: Charlotte 647-351-6699
Jan. 26: Robbie Burns Roast Beef Dinner and Ceiliah at Fallingbrook Presbyterian Church, 31 Wood Glen Rd., 5:30 p.m. Dinner, songs, readings, Scottish Country Dancers and Highland Dancer. $35. Sell-out event. Tickets and info: 416-699-3084
Jan. 26: Concert of Hope at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave., 7:30 p.m. Welcoming award-winning singer/songwriter Abby Zotz directing the Shout Sister Choir in the first half of the concert, and then performing her own songs accompanied by guitarists Chris and Joel Saunders in the second half of the concert. Musical styles of blues, folk, jazz and gospel will be featured. Doors/bar open at 6:45 p.m., concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 (adults), $10 (kids under 10) available at Beach United church office 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays, online at Eventbrite.ca or at the door the evening of the performance.
Jan. 28: Osteoporosis Support & Information Group Meeting at Scarborough Villlage Recreation Centre, 3600 Kingston Rd. (at Markham Rd.),10 a.m.-noon. Julian Rawlins, Osteoporosis Canada, will speak about living healthily with Osteoporosis.
Feb. 2: Jazz & Reflection at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave., 4:30 p.m. Featuring jazz artists Nebyu Yohannes, trombone and vocals, with Yunjin Claire Lee on piano and Eric West on drums. Vancouver-bred, Nebyu Yohannes took his trombone across the country to pursue a career in Toronto. Nebyu found himself playing alongside local and international acts, performing across Canada and the US, and releasing his first studio recorded EP. Nebyu is presently working on new music that is self-definitive, tying together his cultural Ethiopian heritage with what it means to be a first-generation Canadian. Touching on influences such as John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, Fiona Apple, and Frank Ocean, Nebyu presents music examining friendship, love, and self-discovery. Freewill offering.
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
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: www.mentalwellness.help
Tuesdays: The Barons Band at Baron Byng Legion, 243 Coxwell Ave., 1:30 -3 p.m. Hot swinging jazz you can dance to! Info: Paul Hallam 416-444-1956
Tuesdays: Dancing with Parkinson’s at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave., 1:15-2:15 p.m. A Toronto-based dance class where those with Parkinson’s Disease can explore the potential of their own movement through choreography and improvisation. Caregivers/spouses welcome. Claire Wootten, Instructor. Contact: clairefwootten@gmail.com
Tuesdays and Thursdays: Women in the Garden Program at Riverdale Hub, 1326 Gerrard St. E, 12:15-2:30 p.m. Yoga, gardening, health and cooking workshops. Free. Info: 416-465-6021, info@riverdalehub.ca
Wednesdays: Basic Beginner Bridge Lessons at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., 6:30-8:30 p.m., Jan. 9-Feb. 27. $65. Info and registration: 416-691-1113
Thursdays: Danforth Mental Wellness Group at Neighbourhood Link, 3036 Danforth Ave. (at Vic Pk), 6-7 p.m. (starting Jan. 17). Peers helping peers with issues affecting mental health. Info: www.mentalwellness.help
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
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
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.
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
Beach Interfaith Outreach Lunch and Fellowship, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Adults in the community are invited for soup, sandwiches and fellowship. •Mondays, to May 13 (no lunch Feb. 18) at Corpus Christi Church (16 Lockwood Rd.) •Tuesdays alternating at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church (70 Silver Birch Ave.) – Jan. 8, 22, Feb. 5, 19 and at St. Nicholas Anglican Church (1512 Kingston Rd.) – Jan. 15, 29, Feb. 12, 26 •Wednesdays, to May 15 (no lunch April 17 & 24) at Beach Hebrew Institute (109 Kenilworth Ave.) •Thursdays, to May 16 at Beach United Church (140 Wineva Ave.) •Fridays, to May 17 at Kingston Road United Church (975 Kingston Rd.) Info: 416-691-6869
The Psychic is In! at Juice & Java Café, 2102 Queen St. E., first and third Sundays of every month, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.-ish. Great food, great shops to walk-about. Kid-friendly. Text or vx 647-449-5920, email thepsychicinn@gmail.com, www.thepsychicinn.com
East End Community Health Centre, 1619 Queen St. E. •Jan. 10: Focus Group for Young Adults, 12 noon-1:30 p.m. We are looking for young adults aged 18-35 to participate in a discussion group on feeling isolated, forming new supports and connections. Help us by sharing your needs, challenges and beliefs related to mental health. This program is free. Registration: Shirley 416-778-5805 x 216 •Mondays, starting Jan. 21: Strong and Steady, 12:30-2 p.m. A 9 week physiotherapy led exercise program aimed at making you stronger, improve your balance, and prevent you from falling. If you have fallen in the past, or are afraid of falling, this program is especially for you! This program is free. Registration: Daysha at 416-778-5805 x 206 •Mondays: Money Matters – 30-Day Challenge, 11 a.m.-noon. Join us to participate in the 30-day challenge. A few tips and simple practices can help you keep track of your money, tidy up your finances and start a life of less worry. This is an interactive program best suited for individuals living on a fixed income or social assistance. This program is free. Info: Jackie at 416-778-5805 x 220 •Mondays and Wednesdays: GLA:D™ Program, 12:45-1:45 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. The GLA:D™ Canada program is an education and exercise program to help people with hip and knee osteoarthritis. Participate in neuromuscular exercise sessions twice a week for six weeks to improve muscle control and stability of the joint. A rapid assessment clinic referral is required, please speak to your Primary Health Care Provider. Registration is required. This program is free. Registration: Julieth at 416-778-5805 x 225. Centre info: www.eastendchc.on.ca
Yasodhara Yoga Toronto Centre Offerings •Hidden Language Hatha Yoga, Tuesdays 7-8:15 p.m. (Jan. 8, 15) •Hatha Yoga, Thursdays 1:15-2:15 p.m. (Jan. 10, 17) •Gentle Hatha Yoga, Thursdays 2:45-3:30 p.m. (Jan. 10, 17) •A Time for Quiet, Jan. 12. Drop in anytime between 1 and 3 p.m. All offerings are drop in and pay as you choose. Info: www.yasodharayoga.org/toronto, 416-566-7510
Scarborough Players present ‘Doubt, A Parable’ by John Patrick Shanley at Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Rd. (at Markham Rd.), Jan. 11, 12, 17-19, 24, 25 at 8 p.m., Jan. 13, 20 and 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets $24 (discounts for seniors and students). Free parking. Reserved seats. Wheelchair accessible. Box office: 416-267-9292, www.theatrescarborough.com
Waverley Road Baptist Church, 129 Waverley Rd. (just north of Queen St.). Bring your friends and family as you join us for our neighbourhood Sunday Morning Worship Service beginning at 11 a.m. Childcare and Kids Program available during the Service. •Jan 13 “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” •Jan 20 “Sirens’ Call” •Jan 25-27 - Jr. High Students’ Retreat •Jan 27 “Just Say, ‘No!’” Info: 416-694-3054, www.waverleyroadbaptist.ca
Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, 33 East Rd. (Kingston Rd. & Warden Ave.), Sundays at 10:30 a.m. We are a diverse, open, and inclusive Christian community where you will find many possibilities for nurturing your own spirituality and enriching your life, as well as opportunities to serve others through acts of caring, compassion and justice. Our wonderful music program includes special monthly Musical Sunday Services (the last Sunday of each month). Also home to the Bluffs Food Bank, Toby’s Place (a safe space for LGBTQ2S+ Youth) and Dorothy’s Place (serving LGBTQ+ seniors). Whatever you are wearing, whatever you feel about God, wherever you are on your spiritual journey – you will fit right in. Sunday school and nursery care available. Info: 416-694-4081, www.bbuc.ca
Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave. Widening the Welcome! Working together to nurture inclusive communities. •Regular Sunday Worship at 10:30 am. Nursery care & children’s activity time provided. •Jan. 6 – Epiphany & Communion •Jan. 13 – “Disability and Inclusion” with guest speaker Nicole Tanti, community engagement coordinator •Jan. 20 – “Gender Identity” with guest speaker Leslie Kirsh, Families in Transition Central Toronto Youth Services •Jan. 27 – “Refugees” with presenters “Beach Cares”, a Syrian Refugee sponsorship group. Info: www.beachunitedchurch.com. Find us on Facebook and Instagram.
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 Minister: The Reverend Katherine McCloskey
Fallingbrook Presbyterian Church, 35 Wood Glen Rd. (corner of Kingston Rd. and Wood Glen Rd.) Please join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Easy access from the TTC. A welcoming atmosphere for all. Services are interactive with the congregation, choir and minister. Sunday School and Nursery room is provided. The services are relevant to world issues with a focus on care and justice for God’s people, community and earth. Friendly atmosphere with fellowship to follow at our FB Café. Minister: Rev. Angela J. Cluney. Find us: www.fallingbrookpresbyterian.com or fboffice@rogers.com
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) •Wednesdays: Drop-in Playgroup 9:30 a.m., Mid-week Service 10:30 a.m. •Thursdays: Euchre 7 p.m., Bible Study 7:30 p.m. All welcome. Info: Church Office 416-691-2222, staidansinthebeach.co