Monthly Archives: November 2013

Greenwood Park rink grand opening November 23, 2013

From Councillor Paula Fletcher, Ward 30:

Help launch Toronto’s first and only outdoor covered rink and skating path, built in the heart of Ward 30 in Greenwood Park.
Come celebrate the opening with a ribbon cutting, skills competition for kids and the first skate on the new rinks.

Saturday, November 23, 2013
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
150 Greenwood Ave. (Dundas and Greenwood)
See Councillor Fletcher’s website
Also: Photos of rink progress in January 2013 and October 2013 update


Lahore Tikka House founder dies

Beloved businessman and community leader Alnoor Sayani died suddenly Nov 6. He was 48.

By: Zoe McKnight, Toronto Star

Alnoor Sayani, the owner of the popular Lahore Tikka House on Gerrard St. E. in Toronto’s Little India community died of heart failure on Nov 6. He was 48.

“He was one of the most creative and business-minded people,” said Muhammad Saleem, who knew Sayani for 22 years and operated a grocery store across the street for 17 of them.

“He used to sell barbecued corn on the street. He used to sleep in his car. He didn’t have a house. He started the restaurant and started building slowly, slowly,” Saleem said. “He created a legacy for himself.”

See the full story on the Toronto Star website:
Lahore Tikka House founder dies

Come to Applegrove’s Pasta Fest – Sat. Nov. 9, 2013


Applegrove Community Complex presents:

Pasta Fest Dinner and Silent Auction

A night out for the whole family!
Saturday November 9, 2013
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

At Baron Byng/Beaches Legion (Hall Donated by Legion)
243 Coxwell Avenue, (just south of Gerrard Street East)
Your ticket price includes:
3 course pasta dinner (salad, main, dessert)
Silent Auction, Door Prizes, games and lots of fun!!

Pasta generously donated by Ted, Casa Di Giorgio, 1646 Queen St. East

Advance Tickets:
Age 16 and up, $10
Age 5 to 15, $5
(Advance tickets on sale until Thursday November 7th)

At the Door:
Age 16 and up, $15
Age 5 to 15, $6

Patron’s Choice:
Pay $25 and get a $15 charitable tax receipt

Children 4 and under are free.

Tickets can be purchased in the Applegrove Office or Applegrove Parent Child Drop-in. Call 416-461-8143 for more details.

Parking available.

Ashdale Events at the Gerrard-Ashdale Library — November 2013 Issue‏

At the Gerrard-Ashdale Library, Gerrard East at Ashdale Avenue


Thursday, Nov. 7, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Kamal Al-Solaylee’s Intolerable: a memoir of extremes.
Nominated for the 2013 Toronto Book Award, Intolerable: a memoir of extremes is part memoir of an Arab family trapped in the turmoil of Middle Eastern politics, part coming-out narrative and part cultural analysis. Intolerable covers the last 50 years and recounts the story of Al-Solaylee’s family as they moved from Aden, to Beirut, to Cairo and then to Sana’a, Yemen. An author talk you do not want to miss out on.

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Filmmaker / Visual Humourist Cameron Tingley
presents his short films and shares his observations of modern society. LIFE AS WE KNOW IT steps back from the hubbub of daily life to look at modern society with fresh eyes.


Wednesdays, Nov. 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Craft Connections
Need a break? Drop in and meet a group of craft people who teach and learn from each other. Bring a project that you are working on or pick up a new craft in a friendly environment. Group projects for charities are possible and make others lives a little brighter.

Saturdays, from Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Adult Chess Club (For ages 13 and up)
Play casual chess.

Alternate Saturdays, Nov. 2, 16 & 30, 10:30 a.m. to Noon.
Gerrard Ashdale Writers Group
Drop by and meet others at this community writers group.

Thursdays, Nov. 28, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Gerrard Ashdale Book Club
If you enjoy reading a range of literature and talking to others about books, this group is for you.
Nov. 28: Loving Frank by Nancy Horan


Friday Nov. 29, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Youth Advisory Group (YAG),
Registration required. Youth Volunteers needed.
Make friends and earn volunteer hours while helping us to create a better library for youth in the community.


Fridays, Nov. 15, 22, 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20, 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Preschool Time (For ages 3 – 5)
Drop in, no registration required.
Stories, songs and rhymes for children with their parents or caregivers.

***For more information call: 416-393-7717 or e-mail

On Gerrard Street East, enjoy Diwali – Festival of Lights November 2-3, 2013

From the Gerrard India Bazaar website:


Diwali – Festival of Lights
November 2-3, 2013

2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On November 2 & 3, 2013, the Gerrard India Bazaar will celebrate the most important festival holiday of the year “Diwali”.

Diwali, often referred to as the Festival of Lights, is the most glamorous and the most important occasion in India. People of many faiths and religions enthusiastically embrace it.

Gerrard India Bazaar is the largest South Asian business community in Toronto. It is home to Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Afghani and Sri Lankan businesses. A wide range of grocery, fabric, jewellery stores, restaurants, art galleries, crafts stores are operating in this market place. In the Greater Toronto Area, the South Asian community ranks first among visible minorities with a population of over 684,000.

To celebrate the festival, the Gerrard India Bazaar will have cultural, dance and music programs on the North side of Ashdale Avenue, just off Gerrard St E (between Coxwell and Greenwood). The timings are from 2pm – 10pm on both days.

Everyone in Toronto is invited to join in the festivities as the Indian community welcome the New Year!