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Jan. 9: Community Consultation Meeting for 286-294 Main Street at Hope United Church, 2550 Danforth Ave., 7-9 p.m., Open House at 6:30 p.m. A 30-storey mixed-use building containing 301 residential units plus office and retail space is proposed for the site. Learn more about this application, ask questions and share comments. Info: daniel.woolfson@toronto.ca, 416-392-7574 or george.pantazis@toronto.ca, 416-392-3566
Jan. 13: New Year’s Levee at Firkin on the Danforth, 2057B Danforth Ave., 1-4 p.m. Hosted by MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, MPP Arthur Potts, and Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon.
Jan. 14: Welcome East York at East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave., 1-3 p.m. Celebrate the New Year with some of the civic leaders who make our city great: our Fire Chief; Medical Officer of Health; City Librarian, and the General Managers of Transportation, Solid Waste, and Children’s Services. Hosted by City Councillors Davis, Fragedakis and Burnside. Free. Fully accessible venue. Info: Councillor Janet Davis 416-392-4035, Councillor_Davis@toronto.ca
Jan. 17: Artisans at Work Community Screening of Lost Rivers. Lost Rivers reconnects people with the social and environmental history of the city, and the way that human and natural systems interact in their own backyards. It provides information about simple steps that anyone can take to conserve water, informs people of important current developments, and invites thought and creative action regarding our increasingly urbanized environment and lifestyles. 6:30pm. 2071 Danforth Ave. PWYC https://www.facebook.com/events/188005965271018/
Jan. 21: Ulster Accordion Band hosts Robbie Burns Dinner & Dance at R.C.L. Branch 11, 9 Dawes Rd., 2-7 p.m. $15 per person for haggis, beef steak pie. Tickets available at bar. Info: 461-699-1353, www.rcl11.com
Jan. 23: Community Meeting at 757 Victoria Park Ave., Party Room, 7 p.m., regarding the proposed development of the Green P Parking Lot on Victoria Park Ave., south of the subway station. Hosted by the board of directors at MTCC 606, 757 Victoria Park Avenue. The Build Toronto development includes residential and retail building and there is concern that this development will take away a well-used parking lot that allows commuters to park their cars and ride the subway downtown. The board of directors at MTCC 606, 757 Victoria Park Avenue, has concerns that this development will be detrimental to the area, where facilities are already over-capacity, and lead to traffic and parking congestion as commuters seek alternatives to the subway parking lot. Info: Christina Blizzard, Director, MTCC 606, christina.blizzard@gmail.com
Jan. 27: 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. 27: Robbie Burns Lunch at St. Paul’s United Church, 200 McIntosh St. (W of Midland Ave., N or Kingston Rd.), 12 noon. Lunch and traditional honouring of Burns including music, dancers and haggis. Tickets $25 (no ticket sales at door). Tickets and info: 416-261-4222
Feb. 5: Dr. Aileen Burford-Mason speak on The Healthy Brain: How Diet and Supplements Can Help Optimize Brain Power at Any Age at Fallingbrook Presbyterian Church, 35 Wood Glen Rd. (at Kingston Rd. between Victoria Pk Ave & Warden), 7 p.m. RSVP in advance at 416-699-3084 or fboffice@rogers.com and pay $20.00 cash at the door.
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.beachesmentalwellness.com
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
First Friday of Every Month until June: Eucharistic Adoration at St. John’s Catholic Church, 794 Kingston Rd. Everyone is invited for an hour long Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration at 7 p.m. in the church. The Eucharist will be displayed in the beautiful sunburst monstrance. This is a time where we watch and wait, where we remain silent in His Presence and where we open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist. Info: stjohnschurch@bellnet.ca or 416-698-1106
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
Last Saturday of every month: Community Bingo at Beach Arms Retirement Home, 505 Kingston Rd., 1-3 p.m. Light refreshments and snacks served. Cards $1.50. Info: Kathy 416-698-0414
Sundays: Acoustic Open Mic at Hirut Restaurant, 2050 Danforth Ave. (near Woodbine), 3-6 p.m. Music genres include folk, pop, country, R&B, jazz. Hosted by Nicola Vaughan. All ages welcome. No cover charge. Info: 416-551-7560
Toronto Seniors Helpline offers support and information, 365 days a year, about Meals on Wheels, transportation, adult day programs, crisis services, at-home care such as nursing and personal support, phone counselling, and caregiver resources. Call 416-217-2077, 1-877-621-2077, TTY 1-844-946-1700
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
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.
Canadian Federation of University Women, Scarborough Branch. Since 1960 we have been active in promoting women’s rights and education in Scarborough. As part of a national and international organization our purpose is to pursue knowledge, promote education, improve the status of women and human rights, and to participate actively in public affairs. We also enjoy participating in small interest groups: books, bridge, theatre, gourmet lunch, etc. We welcome any woman who shares the purpose of the organization. New members are welcome! We meet monthly from September-May on the 3rd Monday at Knox United Church, Education building, 2569 Midland Ave. Info: Janet Holt 416-293-8822
Bridge, Friendly Duplicate, at the Beaches Recreation Centre, 6 Williamson Rd., Fridays 10.30 a.m. Basic knowledge of bridge is necessary. Winter Session starts January 12. Info: agatha131@hotmail.com
Oh Come, All Ye Voiceful. If you love to sing, St Aidan’s choir is looking for you! Don’t worry about an audition or being able to read music. Just be keen and ready to learn: we’ll teach you. We are a friendly group that meets Thursdays, 7:30-9 p.m. to practise, and then we review the music again Sunday morning in advance of the 10:30 service. We cover a wide range of music keeping it interesting, challenging and fun. And there are tremendous health benefits to singing in a choir! Info: 416-691-2222
Market 55 @ Community Centre 55, 97 Main St. (at Swanwick) resumes Sunday, Jan. 14. Indoor farmers’ market featuring produce, meats, cheese, baked goods, fresh coffee beans, fermented foods and more! Every Sunday 10am-2pm. Info: market55to@gmail.com
BIG SALE at Studio 888, 2359 Queen St. E. (foot of Spruce Hill), January 4-14. Open hours: 1-5 p.m. & also open by chance & appointment. Info: 416-200-5551, studio888.ca
Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 11, 9 Dawes Rd. •Saturdays: Live Entertainment, 7:30-11:30 p.m., in the clubroom. Jan. 13 – Nick Liguori; Jan. 20 – Silver Wings and The Man; Jan. 27 – Lloyd Young •(run this until March 1)Saturdays: Shoot Pool and win some meat, 3-5 p.m. $10 per person. Info: 416-699-1353
Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E. •Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies, 2-4 p.m. Cinematic classics, new releases, foreign films and documentaries. Jan. 10 – With Six You Get Eggroll (1968); Jan 17 – Whiplash (2014) •Beaches Adult Book Club, first Thursday of every month, 7-8 p.m. Feb. 1 – Wenjack by Joseph Boyden; March 1 – Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin; April 5 – Don’t I Know You? by Marni Jackson •Jan. 27: Traditional Storytelling with Melanie Florence, 11 a.m.-noon. Storytelling and folktales on Family Literacy Day, for children aged 10 and under. Info: 416-393-7703
Gerrard Ashdale Library, 1432 Gerrard St. E. •Film screening ‘Shadow Girl’ at Gerrard Art Space, 1475 Gerrard St. E. Espanol – Friday, Jan. 12, 6-8 p.m.; English – Saturday, Jan. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Meet Chilean-born filmmaker Maria Teresa Larrain whose film follows her journey into the depths of blindness. Free, but on first-come, first-served policy. •Baby Time, Fridays (starting Jan. 19), 10:30-11 a.m. Stories, songs, bounces and rhymes for babies under 19 months and their parents and caregivers. Drop in. No registration. Info: 416-393-7717, ashdaleevents@gmail.ca, www.torontopubliclibrary.ca. 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) •Wednesdays: Drop-in Playgroup, 9:30 a.m., Mid-week Service, 10:30 a.m. •Thursdays: Bible Study, 7:30 p.m.; Choir Practice, 7:30 p.m. All welcome. Info: Church Office 416-691-2222, staidansinthebeach.com
St. Nicholas Anglican Church, 1512 Kingston Rd. (one block east of Warden). Taking time to remember, celebrate and grow in the love of God at work in our world and in our lives, is a vital aspect of our spiritual faith journey. We gather together in worship, and for special events, which seek to develop and build our relationship with God and one another. Sunday Services: 8:30 a.m. Said Service of Holy Eucharist, 10:30 a.m. Sung Eucharist Service with contemporary and traditional music, and Sunday School. Mid-week Service Wednesday, 10 a.m. All welcome.
Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave. All welcome! •Regular Sunday Worship Service held at 10:30 am. Nursery care & children’s activity time provided. •Enjoy singing? Our choir welcomes new members. Rehearsals are every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 pm. Contact Steven at music@beachuc.com •Knitting for Shivering Children Group, Jan. 13, 10 a.m. We welcome new members, including beginners, to knit vests, blankets, hats and stuffed animals for impoverished children. We donate our work to the charity Canadian Food for Children. •SoundWave Café, Jan. 20, 2:30 p.m. featuring The Danielle Knibbe Trio performing in a relaxed coffee house atmosphere, with complimentary coffee and tea, snacks available for purchase. •Jam Nite, Jan. 30, 7 p.m. Bring your instrument, voice, a song to share. No musical skill level needed, just enthusiasm to make music together! •Jazz & Reflection, Feb. 3, 4:30 p.m. “Oscar Remembered” featuring jazz artists Robi Botos & Paul Novotny. Info: 416-691-8082, www.beachunitedchurch.com. Find us on Facebook.
Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd. (3 blocks W of Victoria Pk. Ave.). Join us each Sunday for Worship and Church School, 10:30 a.m. Our services are filled with beautiful music and thoughtful sermons, and are shared amidst a caring community with true neighbourly spirit. Come in and get a faith lift. Info: www.kruc.ca. 416-699-6091
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. You will also discover our wonderful music program that includes special monthly Musical Sunday Services (the last Sunday of each month.) 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
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 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: www.fallingbrookpresbyterian.com
Toronto United Mennonite Church, 1774 Queen St. E. We warmly welcome you to join us for our worship service each Sunday with Christian education and nursery, 10 a.m.-12:35 p.m. Info: 416-699-6631, www.tumc.ca
Calvary Baptist Church, 72 Main St. (between Gerrard & Kingston). Know you are welcome at our neighbourhood church. Visit with us to worship and experience our caring, extended family Sundays 10:30 a.m.
Waverley Road Baptist Church, 129 Waverley Rd. (just north of Queen St.). Sundays, 11 a.m. You are invited! Our services feature contemporary music and interesting messages to help you to know God better. Info: www.waverleyroadbaptist.ca