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Aug. 26: Stephenson Park Tree Tour & Picnic at Stephenson Park (Main & Danforth), 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Join LEAF’s Young Urban Forest Leaders to learn about the importance of trees and tree care on a guided walk, followed by a group effort to add mulch around all the trees in the park. Bring a blanket and join us for a community picnic afterward. Snacks and drinks provided! Free. Meet at baseball diamond. Info: www.yourleaf.org
Aug. 26: Kids Urban Day Camp at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave., 10 a.m.-noon. Experience camp in the city! Any donations welcomed. All proceeds send children with congenital heart disease to summer camp!
Aug. 29: Mental Health 101 – Free Educational Workshop at St. Aidan’s Church, Queen St. E. at Silver Birch Ave., 3-5 p.m. This workshop, hosted by April Heighway, Addictions and Mental Health Worker-In-Training, and featuring Cheryl McPherson, BSW, MSW, and Maria Jose Gonzalez Wilson, Psychologist, is part of St. Aidan’s Mental Health Initiative. Refreshments provided by April’s Edibles. Info: aheighw@my.centennialcollege.ca
Aug. 31: Free Seniors’ Movie – “The Big Sick” 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.
Sept. 1: Free Concert by the Bamberg Cathedral Girls’ Choir from Germany at St. Aidan’s Church, Queen St. E. at Silver Birch, 7 p.m. A concert of religious music from the 16th century to the present.
Sept. 4: Corn Roast at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 11, 9 Dawes Rd., noon-7 p.m. Pork chops, chicken breast, corn salad and dessert. Canadian Trivia - play for prizes. Cost $12 – buy tickets from the clubroom located off the parking lot.
Sept. 7: Back to School Barbecue & School Supplies Drive at Jeff Sloan Parkette, 137 Kingston Rd. (Beaches Triangle), 4-6 p.m. Help support the Red Door Family Shelter by donating a filled backpack for children in need. Sponsored by Welbanks Mortgage Group and Barrett Inward Group.
Sept. 7-9: Toronto Beaches Film Festival at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave. All premier screenings. Tickets $12 each or two for $20. Info: www.torontobeachesfilmfest.com, @TOBeachFilmFest
Sept. 9: Miles for Smiles Bike-a-thon in support of the Noah John Winston Miles Foundation at Duke of Connaught P.S., 70 Woodfield Rd., 1 p.m. For kids ages 2-12. The Foundation is a legacy to honour the life of a pre-schooler who died suddenly in 2015, and its objective is to raise funds to support anti-bullying initiatives. Parents and caregivers can get more info and register their kids at www.noahfoundation.ca
Sept. 9, 10: Beach Celtic Festival at Kew Gardens, Queen St. E. & Lee Ave., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free admission, free music, vendors. A ceilidh celebration of all things celtic. Info: www.thecelticfestical.com
Sept. 10: Leslieville Flea at the Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen St. E. (between Greenwood & Gerrard), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Vendors selling vintage, salvage, furniture, antiques, collectibles, upcycled and handcrafted goods. Free admission. Info: www.leslievilleflea.com
Sept. 10: Ovarian Cancer Walk of Hope at Woodbine Park, registration 9:30 a.m., walk/run 11 a.m. rain or shine. This family-friendly event is in support of women, families and friends affected by ovarian cancer. Route distance: 2.5km or 5km with a 5K Fun Run option. All proceeds support Ovarian Cancer Canada. Info: www.ovariancanada.org
Sept. 10: Westie Walk & Fun Day at Mississauga Valley Park, Mississauga. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The Westie Walk is followed by Parade of Rescues, races, contests, silent auction, shopping, BBQ, and cake. Prizes for all events with special prize for Westie who collects the most pledges. Funds raised go to Westies in Need.
Sept. 13: Kairos Kitchi Blanket Exercise at East Lynn Park, 1949 Danforth Ave., 5:30 p.m. Join co-hosts, MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, MPP Arthur Potts & City Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon for a Kitchi Blanket Exercise, a visual and experiential way to represent colonization in Canada and its impact on Indigenous peoples. This public event is a coming together to help improve awareness of our Indigenous peoples and history, and to build reconciliation based on justice for Indigenous peoples.
Sept. 18-22: Legion Week at RCL Branch 11, 9 Dawes Rd., Mon-Thurs 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Celebrating Canada 150! This free event is open to the public and features a Canadian history learning experience, memorabilia of veterans past and present, uniforms to try on, and veterans on hand to talk with. Teachers invited to bring students for a special tour. Info: Helen Pearce 416-690-6388 or June Smith youth-ed@rcl11.com, www.rcl11.com
Sept. 30: Wanderlust in Leslieville, between Vancouver and Booth Aves., noon-6 p.m. This customer appreciation event, hosted by Leslieville BIA, features food, music, and art en plein air. Info: www.leslievillebia.com
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! The band is taking a summer holiday but will be back Sept. 5. Info: Paul Hallam 416-444-1956
Thursdays: Walking Group at East End Community Health Centre, 1619 Queen St. E., 10-11 a.m. Want to get moving and improve your health? Come join the East End Walking Group for a stroll around the neighbourhood, followed by some light stretching. For more programs, check the Centre’s program calendar at www.eastendchc.on.ca. To participate in the walking group, call Zari 416-778-5805 ext. 222
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
Pegasus Thrift Store, 931 Kingston Rd. End of Season Sale! 50% off all summer clothing, footwear, handbags and accessories. Stock replenished daily. Thank you for supporting Pegasus
Summer Lunches – Beach Interfaith Outreach Committee will host this summer program for adults as an opportunity for friends to gather for fellowship and a very light lunch once per month, Thursdays 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The regular program will begin again after Thanksgiving. •Aug. 31 at Beach Hebrew Institute (109 Kenilworth Ave.) •Sept. 28 at Corpus Christi Church (1810 Queen St. E.). Info: 416-691-6869
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
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.
Toronto Beach Chorale singers wanted. All voices. TBC is a concert choir of 65 members that partners with soloists, orchestras and actors to present quality performances. We rehearse and perform in the Beach and East End. Enhance your vocal skills in a friendly atmosphere. The ability to read music is strongly recommended. 2017/18 season: Handel’s Messiah and Messiah for the City, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, Beethoven’s Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra. Rehearsals begin Wednesday evenings in September. Info: David 416-699-6634, dgarde20@gmail.com, torontobeachchorale.com, facebook.com/torontobeachchorale
Chorale Scholars Program. Toronto Beach Chorale offers this program to those between 19 and 24 years who are interested in gaining choral music experience. Enhance your vocal skills and expand your musical knowledge during our four-concert season. No membership fee. Good sight-reading skills recommended. Info: David 416-699-6634, dgarde20@gmail.com, torontobeachchorale.com, facebook.com/torontobeachchorale
Farmers’ Markets •East York (at East York Civic Centre), Tuesdays 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Info: facebook.com/eastyorkfarmersmarket •Fairmount Park (temporarily moved to Greenwood Park): Wednesdays 3-7 p.m. Info: fairmountmarket.ca •East Lynn (at East Lynn Park): Thursdays, 3-7 p.m. Info: facebook.com/EastLynnParkFarmersMarket •Leslieville (at Jonathan Ashbridge Park): Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Info: leslievillemarket.com
Movie Nights in the Beach Village, Wednesdays, starting at dusk. Free admission. •Aug. 23: Ivan Forrest Gardens ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ •Aug. 30: Kew Gardens ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’. Info: thebeachvillage.com
Music in the Park at Kew Gardens, weekends 2-4 p.m. Free summer music series presented by the Beach Village BIA. •Aug. 27: The Young Novelists. Info: thebeachvillage.com
Danforth Rocks at Stephenson Park (Main & Danforth), Wednesdays in August, 6-9 p.m. •Aug. 23: Pete Eastmure & Animal Kyngdom •Aug. 30: Kristian Podlacha Trio. Info: www.danforth.rocks
Read-Along in French – August Program, to help your child with their learning of the French language before the return to school, at Children’s French Book Corner, 145B Main St. 30 min. session includes French storytelling, music, and games, for ages 5-8. $10 per child per session. Info and schedule: www.childrensfrenchbookcorner.com. Registration: childrensfrenchbookcorner@gmail.com
Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E. •Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies, 2-4 p.m. Cinematic classics, new releases, foreign films and documentaries. Aug. 23 – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008); Aug. 30 – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962); Sept. 6: The Imitation Game (2014) •Sept. 7: Book Club, 7-8 p.m. •Sept. 12: Senior Scams, 2-3 p.m. Learn from a 55 Division TPS officer about common scams and how to recognize them, tips on avoiding fraud, and steps to take if you have been scammed. •Sept. 16: Shakespeare Readers, 2-4 p.m. Have fun reading Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ aloud. Info: 416-393-7703
Gerrard Ashdale Library, 1432 Gerrard St. E. •Aug. 24: 12th annual Storytelling Night, 7-8 p.m. Family-friendly stories selected from various cultures. Drop in. •Aug. 26: Chess Club, 1-2:30 p.m. Drop in. 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 are at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on August 27 and September 3. We return to regular Sunday services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. on September 10. •Mid-week service, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. All welcome. Info: Church Office 416-691-2222, staidansinthebeach.com
Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave. All welcome! •Regular Sunday Worship Service held at 10:30 am. Nursery care & children’s activity time provided. •Messages on Walls, Aug. 27, 10:30 a.m. Guest presenter Munir Alawi, a documentary photographer from the Bethlehem district in Palestine, shares through word and image how the walls of Bethlehem serve as a big street art gallery of justice, resistance, remembrance, defiance, freedom and love. •Enjoy singing? Our Sunday choir welcomes new members. Rehearsals Thursdays, 7 to 9 pm, beginning Sept.7 (contact music@beachuc.com for info). •Crafters Group resumes regular weekly meetings 9:30-11:30 a.m. every Thursday, beginning Sept.7. •Knitting Circle for Shivering Children welcomes new members including beginners to join us as we knit vests, blankets, hats and stuffed animals for impoverished children. Sept. 9, 10 a.m.-noon •SoundWave Café, Sept. 9, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Brooklyn Doran: Indie Folk. New music series presenting local music and art in a relaxed coffee shop atmosphere. Refreshments. Freewill offering. Info: 416-691-8082, www.beachunitedchurch.com. Find us on Facebook.
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). Are you away on Sundays? Join us Tuesdays in July and August, downstairs in the Friendship Hall, 7 p.m., for an informal service with a variety of guest speakers. Summer series ends August 29 with dinner at 6 p.m., then Lost Pilgrims, an eclectic blend of blue grass, old time country, gospel, folk, and a bit of rock music. Info: www.fallingbrookpresbyterian.com
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
Hope United Church, 2550 Danforth Ave. All are welcome! •Sunday Worship Service, 11 a.m. •September 9: Gospel, Blues, and Praise Service, 4:30-5:15 p.m. Join us for a service featuring inspirational music that will touch the soul and lift the spirit. •September 13: Music @ 12:15, 12:15-1 p.m. Elysian Duo. Music concert featuring trumpeter Dylan Rook Maddix and classical guitarist James Renwick. •September 20: Messy Church, 5:30-7 p.m. All-ages family event with crafts, activities, music and a story, and a great meal. Theme is “Colours of the World”. •September 23: Jazz Vespers, 4:30-5:15 p.m. Jazz concert series featuring jazz musician Jim Clayton. Info: 416-691-9682, HopeUnited.ca