Monthly Archives: April 2012

Jane’s Walk May 6, 2012 – The Ashbridge’s Neighbourhood – since 1793

You’re invited for a stroll through our neighbourhood, as part of Jane’s Walks:

The Ashbridge’s neighbourhood – since 1793

Sunday, May 6, 2012
10:30 a.m. starts at the Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen East
12 p.m. ends at Voulez-Vous Cafe, 1560 Queen East

Ashbridge Estate 1444 Queen East Toronto

This walk will look at the Ashbridge’s neighbourhood in east Toronto as it was in 1793, in 1912 and today.

One hundred years ago the area went through a major transformation – In 1912 the Ashbridge family sold most of its land for housing developments on the “Ashbridge Estate” – the Greenwood-Coxwell area.

In 1912, the Duke of Connaught Public School opened on land that had been the Ashbridge orchard. The school’s ground-breaking ceremony was conducted by the Duke of Connaught, the Governor General of Canada at the time, and a son of Queen Victoria. Also around that time, Ashbridge’s Bay saw massive changes – reduced in size and mostly industrialized. This walk will show how and where these changes took place.

See the walk details on the Jane’s Walk website.

Sign up for swim lessons at S.H. Armstrong – and take the survey about the pool

It’s still not too late to sign up for swim lessons on right now at S.H. Armstrong Community Recreation Centre, 56 Woodfield Road. Here is a list of some of the programs currently available, but go online to see others that may be of interest.

And – this is important – take the online survey about the pool – whether you use it or not, and how it could better serve your needs.

It’s not too late!
S. H Armstrong Pool still has space for registration!! (other days and times are available)
Guardian: Wednesday 5 pm – 5:30 pm   Code: 1963994
Swim Ultra 4: Wednesday 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm  Code: 1964090
Swim Ultra 5: Saturday 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm   Code: 1981195
Thursday 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm   Code: 1964095
Swim Ultra 6: Saturday 10:00 am – 10:45 am   Code: 1964101
Tuesday 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm   Code: 1981196
Swim Ultra 7: Saturday 10:45 am – 11:30am   Code: 1964103
Thursday 7:45 pm – 8:30 pm   Code: 1981198

Interested in something other than lessons? Try our Swim Team!
This program is designed to introduce children and youth to the world of competitive swimming. A great way to develop stroke efficiency. Includes 2 hrs of practice per week and a swim meet at the end of the session.
Splash Swim Team: Tue & Thurs evenings  Course code: 1981183

Don’t forget to register yourself!
Adult Learn to Swim is a great way to have fun and stay safe in and around water!
Adult Swim 1: Wednesday 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm   Course code: 1963986

See the courses available online.Click on Swimming.

ONLINE: you can see programs available but cannot register online after the course start date, which has passed.

So to register:
Call 416-338-4386
Or in person at S.H. Armstrong, 56 Woodfield Road.
For specific programming questions, please contact Andrew Pyper by e-mail or by phone at (416)392-7917.

Gerrard Art Space and Rail Garden open, Glen Rhodes Food Bank volunteers, Glen Rhodes hosts “Miss Saigon”

Good things are happening along Gerrard Street East, in Little India / Ashdale Village:

Gerrard Art Space (GAS) opens
The new Gerrard Art Space opened on Saturday April 14 on Gerrard at Woodfield. Check it out.
“Toronto-based artist Joanne Filletti has always wanted to open her own multipurpose art space… alongside some of her closest friends, supporters and community members, the 18-year Little India resident’s plan will come to fruition as she celebrates the opening of Gerrard Art Space at (GAS) at 1390 Gerrard St. E.” – full story in Beach Mirror

Rail Garden revives the green space at the “top” of Woodfield Road
New Rail Garden planned for the north end of Woodfield Road beside the pedestrian underpass to Monarch Park. See the Rail Garden plans. From the site: “On April 9th, we held the first of many free kids events at The Rail Garden. Art in the Garden was a HUGE success. The weather was amazing and it felt like the whole neighbourhood showed up to enjoy the weather and the crafts.”
Catherine Porter wrote about the garden in the Star April 21: Toronto’s Rail Garden grows out of maternity leave

Volunteers keep pantry full at Glen Rhodes Food Bank
“At the Glen Rhodes Food Bank the volunteers get just as much out of the facility as the users do.
The service has been run out of the basement of Glen Rhodes United Church in the Gerrard Street and Coxwell Avenue area since the early 1980s and on any given Tuesday or Friday up to 100 people (representing families of all sizes or individuals) could walk through the door needing food.” See the full story on the Beach Mirror website.

Donations to the Glen Rhodes Food Bank can be made through the local No Frills on Coxwell or call 416-465-3755 for more information.

Glen Rhodes Church hosts “Miss Saigon”
“There was almost as much drama involved in getting Curtain Call Players’ spring production of the musical Miss Saigon to opening night as there is in the show itself. The recent strike by Toronto Public Library staff locked the company out of their usual venue Fairview Library Theatre. Fortunately, at the very last minute the troupe was able to make arrangements to present the show at Glen Rhodes United Church.”  Full story on Beach Mirror website.

Roundup of recent news – Ashbridge’s Bay Skatepark, Cafe at Any Direct Flight, Ashbridge’s Bay Park North

Some recent local news:

Any Direct Flight’s cafe– 1382 Queen East. Read about it on their Facebook page. They have added more tables recently and say they’re doing well. Smart move to start selling coffee after the Red Rocket’s closure here (but three Red Rocket locations elsewhere now, including Dundas and Logan).

Rakia to open in Red Rocket’s former space – find out what the mysterious stuff in the window of 1402 Queen East means. Or if you saw the short item in The Grid April 12: it’s a Serbian “bar” serving fruit brandy — apparently first location outside of Serbia.

Re-do of Ashbridge’s Bay Park North is put on hold
(in this article, the draft name used is Pumphouse Park – a term suggested by a consultant. This despite community comments that the name stinks. Let’s not rename it that. The current name is Ashbridge’s Bay Park North.) Anyway, the landscape plan done about five (eight?) years ago is on hold. More about that later.

Next phase of Ashbridge’s Bay Skate Park in Spacing magazine.

“Ghost kites” at Ashbridge’s Bay Beach

Ashbridge’s Bay swan misses his mate

Margaret Bream of the Toronto Star writes:

“Tycho and Penny were the names I gave “my” two mute swans at Ashbridge’s Bay.

For nearly a decade I watched them together as they built nests and raised many offspring.

The great birds were inseparable. Now it’s been 14 months since Penny disappeared from Ashbridge’s Bay. One day she was sailing through the icy winter waters with the resplendent Tycho. The next day, Tycho was cruising the bay alone.”

Read the full story on the Toronto Star website:
Mute swan on Ashbridge’s Bay ‘lonely’ without mate.