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Dec. 12: Carolling in the Park at Glen Stewart Park, Queen St. E. (at Glen Manor Drive), 7:30-8:30 p.m. Carol singing, hot chocolate and cider, Santa Claus, Salvation Army Band. Proceeds to Salvation Army Band. Info: David Breech 416-759-9997 ext. 0
Dec. 13 & 16: New CC55 Daycare Site Open Houses at Ted Reeve Arena, 175 Main St., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Toddler (18 months) to pre-school 4 years of age. Full daycare starting mid-January 2018. Info: 416 691-1113
Dec. 14: Carol Sing at St. Paul’s United Church, 200 McIntosh St., 7 p.m. All are Welcome to a good old fashioned evening of traditional carols, hot chocolate and cookies. Music led by the St. Paul’s Choir. No charge for this event, donations to the By The Bluffs Food Bank are welcome.
Dec. 14: Christmas Gathering at The Gull & Firkin, 1943 Queen St. E., 6-9 p.m. Join Derek Ladouceur as he bartends to raise money for Community Centre 55’s Share a Christmas program which provides food, clothing, toys, basic essentials and a Christmas to those in need.
Dec. 14: Free Seniors’ Movie – “The Florida Project” at The Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St. E. Doors open 9 a.m., movie starts at 10:30 a.m. Presented by Rotary Club of Toronto Beach.
Dec. 16: Free Community Pancake Breakfast at Beaches Recreation Centre, 6 Williamson Rd., 9:30-11 a.m. Hosted by the Beaches Recreation Centre Advisory Council. Please donate a non-perishable food item. Info: springsprint@hotmail.ca
Dec. 16: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” Songs & Stories of Joyful Christmas Homecomings at Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, 33 East Rd. (Warden Ave. & Kingston Rd.), 7:30 p.m. Storytellers are Councillor Gary Crawford, Broadcaster Avis Favaro, Professor Don Gray, Rev. Christine Smaller. $10/adult $2/child. Funds raised support Bluffs Food Bank. Info: 416-694- 4081
Dec. 16: Winter Wonderland Open House at Expedia CruiseShipCenters East York office, 2474 Danforth Ave., 2-5 p.m. Prizes, refreshments, beverage and so on. Info: 647-351-6699, www.cruiseshipcenters.com/eastyork
Dec. 16: Bird-Friendly Tree Decorating Event, NEW meeting location Glen Manor entrance to ravine, 1-2:30 p.m. Join the Friends of Glen Stewart Ravine as we deck the trees with festive treats for our fine-feathered friends. Some materials provided, or bring your own all natural decorations and birdseed. Hot chocolate will be provided. Free event, all welcome. For more information, find us on Facebook.
Dec. 16: Christmas Party at Oakridge Legion Branch 73 and LA (Ladies Auxiliary), 2 Robinson Ave. Doors open 1 p.m.
Dec. 16: Photos with Santa at Frannie & Lilo Poppys Collection #WeTheMamas Holiday Pop-up Boutique, 1934 Queen St. E., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Hot chocolate, child-friendly and nursing-friendly activities and workshops. Info: 416-799-1343, frannielilo.com
Dec. 17: ‘A Christmas Carol’ a dramatic reading of this favourite Christmas classic at Beaches Presbyterian Church, 65 Glen Manor Dr. (S of Queen), 3:30 p.m. Readers include Tom Allen and Raina Douris from CBC’s Radio 2. Great music and delicious snacks are the icing on the cake for this wonderful event. Proceeds go to support BPC’s Refugee Fund. Tickets $25. Tickets and info: office@beacheschurch.org, 416-699-5871
Dec. 17: Gingerbread Contest at Blue Crow Gallery, 1610 Gerrard St. E. Drop off your creations at The Swag Sisters’ Toy Store, 1511 Gerrard St. E., until Dec. 16.
Dec. 20: Rival Hockey Game Fundraiser at Ted Reeve Arena, 175 Main St., 2 p.m. Malvern Knights vs. Neil McNeil Maroons. Tickets $3 in advance or at door, in support of Community Centre 55’s Share a Christmas. Info or tickets: Peter Ranson 416-277-1074
Dec. 21: Carolling in Cassels Park, 7 p.m. Neighbours and friends, let’s get together and sing! Bring a flashlight or candle. All welcome.
Dec. 29: Hirut Hoot Pre-New Year’s Eve Special at Hirut Fine Ethiopian Cuisine, 2050 Danforth Ave. (Woodbine), 9 p.m. Comedy bash for the frugal comedy connoisseur. $5. Info: 416-551-7560, hiruthoot@gmail.com
Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Dance Party at The Balmy Beach Club. Open to the public. DJ ‘JJ’ spinning tunes from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Party favours plus snack buffet at midnight. Cost is $30 + HST. Tickets available at the bar Dec. 1. No minors. No refunds. 10 or more people – call and reserve a table.
Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and Dance at R.C.L. Branch 11, 9 Dawes Rd. Doors open for cocktail hour at 6 p.m., dinner served at 7 p.m., entertainment 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $30 per person. Hats and noisemakers included. Purchase tickets early to reserve your seat/table.
Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Party at Oakridge Legion Branch 73, 2 Robinson Ave., 8 p.m.-1 a.m. DJ, hot and cold buffet. $25 per ticket.
Jan. 1: 38th Annual Hair of the Dog 9Km Fun Run/Walk at the Balmy Beach Club (foot of Beech Ave.). Registration open on line at balmybeachcanoe.com or at 10am the day of. $35/adult which includes an electronic timing chip and a hot lunch.
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
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
Saturdays: Entertainment at Royal Canadian Legion, Br. 11, 9 Dawes Rd., 7:30 p.m.
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
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 at Corpus Christi Church (16 Lockwood Rd.) Dec. 18, Jan. 8 •Tuesdays alternating at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church (70 Silver Birch Ave.) Dec. 19, Jan. 2 and at St. Nicholas Anglican Church (1512 Kingston Rd.) Dec. 12, Jan. 9 •Wednesdays at Beach Hebrew Institute (109 Kenilworth Ave.) Dec. 13, 20, 27, Jan. 3 •Thursdays at Beach United Church (140 Wineva Ave.) Dec. 14, 21, 28, Jan. 4 •Fridays at Kingston Road United Church (975 Kingston Rd.) Dec. 15, 22, 29, Jan. 5. Info: 416-691-6869
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! Join now to help us prepare for Christmas. Info: 416-691-2222
Market 55 @ Community Centre 55, 97 Main St. (at Swanwick). Indoor farmers’ market featuring produce, meats, cheese, baked goods, fresh coffee beans, fermented foods and more! Every Sunday 9am-1pm. Info: market55to@gmail.com
Share a Christmas at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St. •Dec. 18: Packing & sorting non-perishable food, 6-8:30 p.m. •Dec. 19, 20: Packing & sorting non-perishable food, 6-8 p.m. •Dec. 21: Packing & sorting toys, 6-8 p.m. (no children, please) •Dec. 22: Deliveries, 3-6 p.m. Info: 416-691-1113
East End Community Health Centre, 1619 Queen St. E. •Dec. 14: Holiday Celebration Drop-in, 1-3:30 p.m. Arts & crafts, baking, carolling, and board games. Free. Registration: Joanne Gallagher 416-778-5805 x 218. Centre info: www.eastendchc.on.ca
FESTIVE GROUP SHOW at Studio 888, 2359 Queen St. E. (foot of Spruce Hill) runs til December 17. Extended hours for this show: Wed Thurs & Fri’s 1-7, Sat & Sun’s 11 – 4 or by chance & by appointment at your convenience. Info: 416-200-5551, studio888art@gmail.com
Pegasus Thrift store, 931 Kingston Rd. Dec. 12-23: 50% off all Christmas items. Store is closed Dec. 25, 26, 27. Store-wide sale Dec. 28, 29, 30 - 50% off. Merry Christmas. Thank you for supporting Pegasus.
Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E. •Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies, 2-4 p.m. Cinematic classics, new releases, foreign films and documentaries. Dec. 13 – Touch of Evil (1958); Dec. 20 – Love Actually (2004); Dec. 27 – Inherit the Wind (1960) Info: 416-393-7703
Gerrard Ashdale Library, 1432 Gerrard St. E. •Dec. 13: Gingerbread House Making, 4-5:30 p.m. Join us for our 4th annual workshop in partnership with The Swag Sisters’ Toy Store. Supplies and sweets will be provided. 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. Advent and Christmas Season •Dec. 13: Zipline Community, 5:45 pm •Dec.17: Candlelight Christmas Carol Service, 4:30 p.m. •Christmas Eve, Dec. 24: Family Christmas Service with Pageant, 4:30 p.m.; Carols and Communion, 7:30 p.m.; Midnight Mass, 11 p.m. •Christmas Day, Dec. 25: Christmas Eucharist, 10:30 a.m.; Outreach Community Christmas Dinner, 1 p.m. •Regular 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 Eucharist, 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, or visit staidansinthebeach.com
ST. SAVIOUR’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 43 Kimberley Ave (at Swanwick). Join us for Sunday service at 10:30 a.m., with Church school. •Dec. 24: Christmas Eve morning service with Bishop Kevin Robertson, 10:30 a.m. Christmas Eve service, 10 p.m. Info: 416-699-6512, www.stsaviours.ca
Beach United Church 140 Wineva Ave. All Welcome! •Sunday Worship Service 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 •Christmas Cantata: Images of Adoration by Pepper Choplin, 10:30 am, Sunday, Dec.17. •Longest Night Service: 7 pm, Thursday, Dec. 21. A time of quiet contemplation, thought provoking words and music that touches the soul. •Blood Donor Clinic: 1:30-7:30 pm, Friday Dec.22. •Christmas Eve Services: Please note there will be no morning service on Sunday, Dec.24 but there will be two evening services - 7 pm Interactive Family Service, 10:30 pm Candlelight Communion. No service Christmas Day. Info: 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 Minister: The Reverend Katherine McCloskey
Fallingbrook Presbyterian Church, 35 Wood Glen Road (corner of Kingston Road and Wood Glen). All are welcome to join us for Advent and Christmas services: Advent 1 – Dec. 3, 10:30 a.m., Advent 2 – Dec. 10, 10:30 a.m., a choral celebration, Advent 3 – Dec. 17, 10:30 a.m., Advent 4 – Dec. 24, 10:30 a.m. Bring a Friend Sunday; Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with lessons and carols, 7 p.m.; Dec. 31, 10:30 a.m. a “Last Day of 2017” worship service. Dec. 9 is our 27th year Drive for Food, 9-11 a.m., and Messy Church 5:30-7 p.m. for kids and their parents, grandparents and caregivers where Christmas crafts, games, songs, devotion and supper will be enjoyed. Info: www.fallingbrookpresbyterian.com
Corpus Christi Church, 16 Lockwood Rd. •Christmas & New Year’s Mass: Dec. 24 Christmas Eve, 5 p.m., 7 p.m., Midnight Mass; Dec. 25 Christmas Day, 11 a.m.; Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve, 5 p.m. Mass for all the Faithful Departed for 2017 and their families; Jan. 1, 11 a.m. Mary mother of God, Day of Obligation in Canada. Info: 416-694-0382, corpuschristi@bellnet.ca