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Nov. 19: Beaches Recreation Centre Advisory Council Annual General Meeting at the Beaches Recreation Centre (upstairs), 6 Williamson Rd., 6:30 p.m. meet & greet (light refreshments), 7 p.m. call to order, 9 p.m. meeting adjourned (tentatively). Meet the council members, find out what we do and sign up to be a part of this dynamic group. Info:
Nov. 21: Festive Fair at Toronto East General Hospital, 825 Coxwell Ave. (Mortimer & Coxwell lobbies), 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Christmas crafts, afghans, hats, mitts, scarves, baby and children’s sweaters, dolls, white elephant and much more. All proceeds from the sale are returned to the hospital in support of patient care.
Nov. 22: Holly Berry Fair at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 904 Coxwell Ave. (at Cosburn), 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tea room, crafts, knitted goods, baking, quilt raffle, books, Christmas items, wine draw, and much more. Info: 416-421-6878 ext 21
Nov. 22: Holly Bazaar at Church of the Resurrection, 1100 Woodbine Ave. (at the crosswalk), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Home baking, jams & preserves, books, Victorian room (linens, lace and fine china), jewelry, silent auction, tea room, and more. Info: 416-425-8383
Nov. 22: Christmas Bazaar at Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church, 1038 Woodbine Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Homemade food, crafts, unique gifts, live acoustic music, reflexology, and much more. Info: 416-429-3457
Nov. 23: Christmas Craft & Bake Sale at St. John’s School gym, 780 Kingston Rd., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Accessible entrance. Drop in before or after Hamper’s Santa Claus Parade for a coffee or hot chocolate and find that perfect stocking stuffer or festive treat. Info: Peggy 416-690-1460,
Nov. 23: Art Auction hosted by Canadians For Children At Health Risk at the Balmy Beach Club, foot of Beech Ave., 2-5 p.m. Auctioneer is Michael Prue. Door prize, cash bar, light refreshments, free parking. Admission: PWYC. Info: 416-762-3541,
Nov. 23: Hamper’s Santa Claus Parade, 1 p.m. Parade travels Kingston Road from Victoria Park Ave. to Walter Street, north on Kimberley St. to Swanwick Ave., ending at CC55 for a BBQ, children’s activities and crafts. Info:
Nov. 25: Flu Shot Clinic at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., 1-3 p.m. Free.
Nov. 27: Free Seniors’ Movie – “The Judge” with Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, 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.
Nov. 29: Craft Sale at St. John the Baptist Norway, 470 Woodbine Ave. (at Kingston Rd.), 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Local artisans will have crafts and gifts for the home and the holidays at this popular annual sale. Lunch and home baking too. Vending table inquiries: Genny Stock
Nov. 29: Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir Christmas Performance and Seasonal “Sing-a-long” at St. Aidan’s Church, 70 Silver Birch Ave. (at Queen St. E.), 7:30 p.m., featuring a reading of Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” and traditional Welsh selections and seasonal favourites. Tickets $25, available at or 416-691-2222
Nov. 29: Holiday Bazaar at True Davidson Acres Long Term Care, 200 Dawes Rd., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Buy holiday presents and homemade goodies. Holiday Tea Room featuring hot lunch and dessert plate, silent auction, handmade crafts, giftware sale, bake table, and lots more. All proceeds support the work of the volunteers and benefit the residents. Info: 416-397-0400
Nov. 29: Kathy Sayers Bake Swap and Social at Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd., 2:30-3:30 p.m. Bring items to be swapped plus $5 donation to Sick Kids Hospital and contribution to food bank to participate. Refreshments, music and prizes. Please arrive approx.. 10 minutes early to drop off bake items. Info: Fiona
Nov. 29: Christmas Market at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave. (at Queen St. E.), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jewellery, crystal & china, “World Famous Meat Pies” and veggie pies, Christmas ornaments, baking, scarves, purses. Outside crafters too! Browse in our newly-renovated spaces and enjoy a special lunch. Info: 416-691-8082,
Nov. 29: DECA Festival of Lights at East Lynn Park, 1949 Danforth Ave., 4-6 p.m.
Nov. 29: DeClute Light Up the Beach, along the boardwalk at the foot of Leuty Ave., 7 p.m. Follow Santa along the boardwalk as he lights 20 trees in sequence from Leuty Ave. to Beech Ave. Featuring event ambassador Liona Boyd. Info:
Nov. 29, 30: Cantemus Singers present “Welcome, Yule!” a concert of carols and Renaissance motets directed by Michael Erdman. Nov. 29 at Church of the Holy Trinity, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 30 at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, 70 Silver Birch Ave., 3 p.m. Fundraisers for Centre 55 Share A Christmas. Tickets at CC55 and at door: General admission $20, kids under 12 freee. Info: 416-578-6602,
Nov. 30: Leslieville Flea Holiday Market at S. H. Armstrong Community Centre, 56 Woodfield Rd. (off Queen St. E.). Shop from vintage, handcrafted and upcycled items. Fantastic food, coffee and music. Info and directions:
Nov. 30, Dec. 7: Scarborough Model Railroaders Train Show at 17 Jeavons Ave. (off Birchmount Rd.), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. See our two floors of model railroads in HO and N scale. Admission: $5 adults, $2 children, $3 seniors. Info: 416-262-9971,
Dec. 2: Historical Talk - ‘Gene Domagala’s Toronto’ at Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E., 7-8:15 p.m.
Dec. 3, 4: Malvern Collegiate Music Department presents “Here Come the Holidays” at Malvern C.I., 55 Malvern Ave. Wednesday – Jr. Holiday Concert; Thursday – Sr. Holiday Concert. Tickets $5. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Info: 416-393-1480 ext. 20102
Dec. 3-13: Parks and Recreation – A showcase of interpretive paintings by four Beach artists, inspired by the Canadian experience, at Twist Gallery, 1100 Queen St. W., Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Opening reception Dec. 4, 6-9 p.m.
Dec. 4: Beach Photo Club at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave., 7:15 p.m. Topic: Diversity in Subject and Style with Kevin Kelly. 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.
Dec. 5: Kingston Road Village hosts a festive night of carolling and a reading of A Christmas Carol at Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd., 7 p.m. Donations at the door will go to Community Centre 55 and the church’s ramp fund. Visit the shops and galleries hosting their own festivities.
Dec. 6: Free Family Movie at The Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St. E., 11 a.m., presented by Wafa Masri & Jalila Freve. In support of Community Centre 55’s Share A Christmas, a donation of one or more non-perishable food items will be collected at the door. Reserve your tickets by Nov. 27 at
Dec. 6: SnowMan Craft & Bake Sale at Hope United Church, corner Main & Danforth, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jewellery, books, Christmas items and lunch.
Dec. 6: Beach Hill Neighbourhood Association’s ‘Bake-O-Rama’ - Ginormous Bake Sale, Baking Contest & Social, at the Naval Club of Toronto, 1910 Gerrard St. E. (just west of Woodbine), 3-5 p.m. Drop in and pick up baked treats for the holidays and cheer on the contestants. Smaller friends can join in the fun at our cookie decorating station. All welcome. Info:
Dec. 6, 13, 20: Beaches Artists’ & Artisans’ Market at Beaches Presbyterian Church, 65 Glen Manor Drive, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The market brings together the talent of local artists working in wood, glass, pottery, metal, paper, leather and textiles. Shop for holiday fashions and decor, and unique gifts. Vendors change weekly. Table fees will be donated to our Boarding Homes Ministry to provide Christmas dinner for men struggling with mental health issues.
Dec. 7: “Tis the Season” Show and Sale at Bain Co-Op Community Centre, corner Logan and Sparkhall Ave. (through the parking lot), 2-6 p.m. An amazing selection of gifts and personal services by community artists and artisans: jewelry, knitwear, pottery, art cards, free aromatherapy hand massages, candles, crystals, remedies, astrological readings, sacred objects, food, and much more. Info: 416-419-3590,
Dec. 9: Carolling in the Park at Glen Stewart Park, Glen Manor Drive & Queen St. E. (south of the bridge, north of Queen), 7:30 p.m. Sing with choirs and the Salvation Army Band. Special visitor and refreshments. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Info: David Breech 416-759-9997
Dec. 9: Beaches Amnesty Write-a-Thon at St. John’s Norway Church, 470 Woodbine Ave. (at Kingston Rd.), 7 p.m. This is an international letter-writing event urging politicians and countries where prisoners are held unjustly to give these prisoners their rightful treatment and be released. Info:
Dec. 10: Christmas Bazaar, presented by Birch Cliff Home & School, at Birch Cliff Public School, 1650 Kingston Rd., noon-7p.m. Artisan vendors, silent auction, raffle baskets, bake sale, hot food table.
Dec. 13: “A Christmas Celebration” Food Bank Fundraiser at Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, 33 East Rd. (Warden Ave. & Kingston Rd.), 7:30 p.m. Jazz pianist and vocalist Sean Stanley, singers Sokhna Dior, Mitchell Daniels, and Melody Wolfe. Stories of Christmas with filmmaker Don Gray and Rev. Cynthia Stretton of BBUC. Admission is suggested donation of $15 per person, $5 per child, plus a non-perishable food item. Proceeds to the Churches By the Bluffs Community Services Food Bank. Venue is wheelchair accessible. Info: 416-694-4081
Dec. 14: Dramatic Reading of Dylan Thomas’ ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ at Beaches Presbyterian Church, 65 Glen Manor Drive, 3:30 p.m. Readers include Tom Allen, Michael Enright, and Sean Cullen. Great music and snacks included. Tickets $25 at church office 416-699-5871 or email
Dec. 17: Toronto Choral Society presents ‘Music of the Americas’ at Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave., 7:30 p.m. Navidad Nuestra and Misa Criolla by composer Ariel Ramirez. CASSAVA Latin Band featuring Ernesto Cardenas and the Toronto Choral Society. Advance tickets $20 ($25 at door) at or 416-410-3509.
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.
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. Join us for a series of cinematic classics, new releases, foreign films and documentaries. Dec. 3 – Mildred Pierce (1945), Dec. 10 – Dial “M” for Murder (1954), Dec. 17 – The Maltese Falcon (1941). Info: 416-393-7703
Danforth/Coxwell Library, 1675 Danforth Ave. •Nov. 19: The Toronto Anti-Greek Riot of 1918 – War, Intolerance and Identity, 6:30-8 p.m. This August 1918 event was one of the largest instances of violence in Toronto’s history. Chris Grafos of York University charts the lasting legacy and broader consequences of intolerance towards Canada’s immigrants. Free. Drop-in. Info: 416-393-7783
Gerrard Ashdale Library, 1432 Gerrard St. E. •Baby Time: Wednesdays (month of November), 10:30-11 a.m. Enjoy stories, songs, bouncing rhymes for babies up to 18 months with caregivers or parents. Drop-in. •Nov. 19: Kids Book Club, 4-5 p.m., for ages 8-12. November book selection is ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ by J. K. Rowling. •Nov. 22: Puppet Show, 2-3 p.m., for all ages. A Robert Munsch classic tale. •Nov. 27: Book Club, 7-8 p.m. November selection is ‘The Headmaster’s Wager’ by Vincent Lam. •Nov. 28: Youth Advisory Group (YAG), 4-5 p.m., for ages 13-19. Registration required. Info: 416-393-7717
Toronto Beach Chorale – New Concert Season. •Dec. 6: John Rutter’s Magnificat plus seasonal favourites, soprano soloist Alexa Wing, 7:30 p.m. •Good Friday April 3: F. J. Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, 7:30 p.m. •May 9: Georg F. Handel’s Four Coronation Anthems including Zadok The Priest, 7:30 p.m. Admission: General & Youth (7-18) $20 & $10 ($25 & $12 at the door, cash only). Children under 7 free. Special Ticket offer: 3-ticket “Flex Pack”. Info:
Beach Guild of Fine Art is celebrating its 20th anniversary. See the works of past and present members displayed at the Beacher Café, 2162 Queen St. E. (at MacLean Ave.), throughout the month of November. Info:
Pegasus Thrift Store, 931 Kingston Rd. ‘Tis the Season! Christmas decorations, cards and more. New arrival – Denby china and flatware, service for 12. Check our weekly sales and reductions. 50% off all children’s clothing, toys and books. On sale from Nov. 18-Dec. 1. Pegasus is a not for profit store and all proceeds support programs for adults with disabilities. Visit us on facebook.
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
Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave. •Sunday Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. (nursery care & children’s activity time) •Nov. 19: Speaker Series with Ted Schmidt, author of Never Neutral, 7:30 p.m. •Nov. 22: Organ Concert with Barry Peters and Patrick Dewell, 4-5 p.m. Free will offering. •Nov. 29: Christmas Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., featuring meat or veg pies, crafts, gifts, décor for the home and for you, baking, jams and jellies. 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 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:

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