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Melinda Drake

Dec. 18: A meeting to talk about construction issues at the 1960 Queen St. E. and 303 Kingston Rd. condo developments will be hosted by Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon and developers at the Beaches Recreation Centre, 6 Williamson Rd., beginning at 6 p.m. Info: 416-392-1376
Dec. 18: Free Seniors’ Movie – “This is Where I Leave You” at The Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St. E. Doors open 9 a.m., movie starts at 10:30 a.m. Breakfast served from 9:15 a.m. on (be early or miss out). Free raffle and surprises for all. Presented by Rotary Club of Toronto Beach.
Dec. 18-22: Share A Christmas at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St. Thursday & Friday – packing and sorting non-perishables, 6-8 p.m.; Saturday – packing and sorting non-perishables, 10 a.m.-noon; Sunday – packing and sorting toys (no children please), 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Monday (Delivery Day) – packing and sorting perishables, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., deliveries, 2 p.m. until finished. Info: 416-691-1113
Dec. 20: Lighting of the Hannukiah in Kew Gardens, Queen St. E. and Lee Ave., 6 p.m., followed by Latkefest at the Beach Hebrew Institute, 109 Kenilworth Ave. Singing, dancing and, of course, latkes! Info: 416-694-7942
Dec. 20: Family Skate with Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon at Ted Reeve Arena, Gerrard St. E. at Main St., 10 a.m.-noon.
Dec. 25: The Big Fat X-Mas Dinner at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 1/42, 243 Coxwell Ave., 5-7 p.m. A free healthy meal for people in need. Info:
Jan. 1: Balmy Beach Canoe Club’s 35th Annual Hair of the Dog Run at the Balmy Beach Club, foot of Beech Ave. Walkers (3k) start 11:30 a.m., runners (9k) start 12 noon. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m., or online in advance at Adults $30 (early bird registration $25), children under 19 $10, Family $60 (2 adults plus any of their children under age 19). All proceeds support our young athletes and their programs. Info:
Jan. 8: Beach Photo Club Meeting at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave., 7:15 p.m. Topic: Architectural Photography in the Digital World with David Kaufman. Group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. Everyone from the novice to the experienced is welcome. The only requisite is an interest in learning about the photographic arts. Info:
Jan. 10: New Year’s Levee with Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon and Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts at the Naval Club, 1910 Gerrard St. E., 2-4 p.m.
Jan. 12: 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
Jan. 17: Robbie Burns Dinner and Ceilidh at Fallingbrook Presbyterian Church, 35 Wood Glen Rd. (at Kingston Rd.), 5:30 p.m. Roast beef, neeps, tatties and haggis. Piper, music, dancing and readings. Tickets $30. Reservations: 416-699-3084,
Jan. 26: Love and Relationships, an Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism, at Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College St., 6:30-7:30 p.m. Info: SGI Canada 416-654-3211,
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
Second Tuesday of every month: Amnesty International, in the Beach, meets at St. John’s Norway Church (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:
Wednesdays: Free Drop-in Playgroup at St. Aidan in the Beach, corner Queen St. E. & Silver Birch, 10 a.m.-noon. As the weather becomes colder, pre-school tots and their caregivers are welcome to drop in for a time to socialize and play. Enter by the main church door and go downstairs.
Wednesdays: Christian Meditation at St. Aidan’s Church, corner Queen St. E. & Silver Birch, 7:30-8:15 p.m., starting Dec. 3. Find God in stillness and silence, with simple instruction, a reading and music. All welcome.
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
Beach Interfaith Outreach Lunch and Fellowship for Adults, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. •Mondays at Waverley Road Baptist Church (129 Waverley Rd.), hosted by Corpus Christi Church •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.) co-hosted by St. Aidan’s Anglican Church. •Every other Tuesday at St. Nicholas Anglican Church (1512 Kingston Rd.). Info: 416-691-6869
Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E. •Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies, 2 p.m. Cinematic classics, new releases, foreign films and documentaries. Dec. 17 – The Maltese Falcon (1941); Jan. 7 – Cold Mountain (2003); Jan. 14 – Philomena (2013); Jan. 21 – Captain Phillips (2013); Jan. 28 – Rushmore (1999) •Jan. 19: Understanding Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, 2 p.m. An information session outlining signs and symptoms, risk factors, current research, and programs and services available to individuals and caregivers. Info: 416-393-7703
Danforth/Coxwell Library, 1675 Danforth Ave. •Dec. 22, 23, 29, 30: 3D Print Story Book Fun Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A day camp experience for children 7-10 to explore and safely interact with 3D printers and make technology by completing projects in literacy, science and technology. Space is limited. Registration required. Info: 416-393-7783
Gerrard Ashdale Library, 1432 Gerrard St. E. •Dec. 18: Kids’ Book Club, 4-5 p.m., for ages 8-12. December selection – “Matilda” by Roald Dahl •Dec.18: Book Club, 4-5 p.m. December selection – “The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford •Dec. 19: Youth Advisory Group (YAG), 4-5 p.m. Earn volunteer hours by helping us create a better library for youth in the community. Registration required. •Jan. 6: NFB Film Club presents the documentary “Shameless Propaganda” by Robert Lower, 6:30-8 p.m. Info: 416-393-7717,, Library is wheelchair accessible.
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. Are you troubled by someone’s drinking? Al-Anon Beach R&R Group meets Tuesdays at St. Aidan’s Church, basement, 70 Silver Birch Ave. (corner of Queen St. E.), 7:30 p.m. (newcomers’ meeting 7 p.m.). Use side door in middle of the building. No fees or dues.
East Toronto Climate Action Group are citizens who are concerned about smog, climate change and other environmental issues as they impact the city and particularly East Toronto. We meet monthly, and welcome your involvement and support. Info:
Family Service Toronto offers educational workshops for those caring for aging relatives, parents or friends. Sessions include: Coping with Change and Loss, Healthy Caregiving, and Advocating for Your Relative. Info and registration: Lynne Gallagher 416-595-9618
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 or call Judy Orr 416-690-2123
Hearing Loss Support Group, an 8-week class hosted by Neighbourhood Link Support Services, at 11 Coatsworth Cres., Tearoom, Wednesdays 10 a.m., beginning Jan. 14. Presented by Canadian Hearing Society, for seniors 55+. Free. Learn about hearing loss, how to manage it, and what to ask to help with conversations. Info and registration: Janet 416-691-7407 ext 224
Pegasus Thrift Store, 931 Kingston Rd. Storewide 50% off sale – Dec. 27, 30, 31, Jan. 2, 3. Shelves and racks refilled daily with items for you to choose from. Visit us on Facebook. Pegasus is a not for profit store with all proceeds supporting programs for adults with disabilities.
St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, Queen St. E. at Silver Birch Ave. Sunday Services are 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. (Church School & Nursery at 10:30). •Mid-week service - Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. •Sunday, December 21st, 4:30 p.m. - Candlelit Carol Service on the longest night of the year celebrating the coming of the Light of Christ •Wednesday, December 24th, Christmas Eve, 4:30 p.m. - Children’s Christmas Pageant and Eucharist with Carols; (new service) 7:30 p.m. Eucharist with Carols; 11:00 pm Traditional Midnight Choral Eucharist •Thursday, December 25th, Christmas Day 10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist. All are always welcome. Info: 416-691-2222,
Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave. •Sunday Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. (nursery care & children’s activity time) •Dec. 19: Cadence Cool Yule Concert, 7:30 p.m. Tickets at church or at door $20, children under 10 $10. •Dec. 24: Family Christmas Service, 7 p.m.; Candlelight & Communion, 10:30 p.m. •Choir practice Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. •Crafts, Thursdays 9:30-11:30 a.m. •Dec. 18: Interfaith Lunch Program, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., with special Christmas lunch (No lunch Christmas day but there is one for New Year’s Day). Info: 416-691-8082, We are on facebook and twitter @NewBeachUnited
Fallingbrook Presbyterian Church, 35 Wood Glen Road (corner of Kingston Road and Wood Glen). Join us for Advent and Christmas services: Advent 1 - Nov. 30, 10:30 a.m. Advent 2 - Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m. where Communion will be celebrated. Advent 3 – Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m., a special music service featuring the choir, ensembles and soloists, and Advent 4 - 10:30 a.m. There will be a candlelight Christmas Eve service Wed., Dec. 24, 7 p.m., a service filled with joyous carols and lessons. All are welcome. Info:
St. Nicholas’ Anglican Church, 1512 Kingston Rd. (one block east of Warden). Christmas Services •Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve): Christmas Eve Eucharist, 5 p.m.; Family Eucharist, with lively children’s pageant, 7 p.m.; Traditional Eucharist with Candlelight, 11 p.m. •Dec. 25 (Christmas Day): Sung Eucharist with Christmas Carols, 10:30 a.m. Info: 416-691-0449
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 10:30 a.m. Info:, 416-699-5871
Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd. (3 blocks W of Victoria Pk. Ave.). •Blue Christmas Service, Dec. 17, 7 p.m. •Special Music & Extra Carols, Dec. 21, 10:30 a.m. •Family Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Dec. 24, 7 p.m. •Christmas Eve Recital & Communion, Dec. 24, 10 p.m. Info: 416-699-6091
St. John’s Catholic Church, 794 Kingston Rd. (3 blocks E of Main St.) •Masses: Saturday 4:30 p.m. (Contemporary Music), Sunday 9 a.m. (Children’s Liturgy), 11 a.m. (Choir) •Weekday Masses: Tuesday to Friday 8:15 a.m. •Reconciliation: Saturday 3:45-4 p.m. •Pray the Rosary each morning Tuesday to Friday, 20 min. before Mass. All welcome. Info: 416-698-1105,,
Corpus Christi Church, 16 Lockwood Rd. •Masses: Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m., Saturday Vigil 5 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. with children’s liturgy. Info: 416-694-0382,
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,
Calvary Baptist Church, 72 Main St. (between Gerrard & Kingston). •Candlelight Christmas Eve Communion, Dec. 24, 7:30 p.m. •Community Christmas Dinner, Dec. 25, 3 p.m. Pastor: Alan Roberts. Info: Pastor 416-691-4721,,
St. Saviour’s Anglican Church, 43 Kimberley Ave. (at Swanwick). Info: 416-699-6512,
Waverley Road Baptist Church, 129 Waverley Rd. (just north of Queen St.). •Dec. 21: A Christmas Message, 11 a.m. •Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 7 p.m. Info:
Danforth Mennonite Church, 2174 Danforth Ave. (just east of Woodbine), welcomes you to worship, sing and meet your neighbours, Sundays, 11 a.m. Nursery care available and Christian education for all ages. The congregational life features frequent potlucks. Info: 416-422-2406,

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