Monthly Archives: October 2014

The Ashbridge’s Neighbourhood blog — 20,000 views

Photo below: farmers’ market at Jonathan Ashbridge Park Sunday October 19, 2014.

This blog has just passed a milestone – 20,000 page views since its launch three years ago.

We’re now averaging about 35 views a day, or around 1,000 per month.

Thanks to all who have come here to find out about our corner of Toronto.

Robert Miller

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Monarch Park Collegiate 50th reunion, Greenwood Park monument, Diwali on Gerrard Street, more local events October 18-19, 2014

This is a busy weekend:


Saturday October 18 – 12 to 3 p.m. “Anyone can roam the halls” at Monarch Park Collegiate’s 50th anniversary reunion. Evening dance – tickets required.

Saturday 10:30 a.m. Gerrard-Ashdale Library – learn how to write a novel in 30 days

Saturday at 3:30: Jeffrey Baldwin monument to be unveiled at Greenwood Park – Beach Mirror

Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m. Little India – Gerrard India Bazaar celebrates Diwali.

Sunday – Ashbridge Estate hosts the final Leslieville Flea Market of the season.

Sunday 9 to 2 is the second-last day for our farmers’ market in Jonathan Ashbridge Park.


Gerrard-Ashdale Library – October 2014 programs and events

Lots going on at Gerrard-Ashdale Library.



Back to Basics: Growing your small business. Tuesday, October 7th, 6:30 – 8 pm.

Discuss issues such as starting, marketing and troubleshooting your small business with Richard Sakanashi of Sakanashi and Associates. Registration Required.

Beaches Reads 2014. Tuesday, October 14th, 7 – 8:15 pm.

Kingston Road Village concert series, in conjunction with Toronto Public Library, presents Beaches Reads 2014. Read “An Equal Music” by Vikram Seth, and take part in a lively discussion led by TSO musician Tim Dawson or CBC’s Tom Allen.

Teen Program: Game Night. Friday, October 17th, 4 – 5 pm.

Calling gamers to join in for a game night and play against each other. Ages 13 and up.

NaNoWriMo: tips for getting started and staying with it. Saturday, Oct 18th, 10:30 – 12 pm.

Are you wondering if you’ve got a novel in you and and want to get it out? Ever heard of NaNoWriMo? Join one of Toronto’s veteran NaNo novelist at Ashdale Writers Group who introduces the idea of writing a novel in 30 days. How its possible, and how the NaNoWriMo community can help you achieve your novel writing potential.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 50th Anniversary. Saturday, October 18th, 2 – 3 pm.

Enjoy treats and activities as we celebrate 50 years of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. All are welcome.

Halloween Party. Thursday, October 30th, 4 – 5 pm.

Explore the haunted room in the library, create scary crafts and show off your Halloween costume on the fashion runway. No registration required. All are welcome.


Adult Chess Club (For ages 13 and up): Saturdays, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Come and play casual chess with other like-minded players. No experience or registration required.

Adult Crafternoon: Mondays, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Knitting, sewing, or quilting? Drop in and meet a group of crafty people who teach and learn from each other. Bring a project that you are working on or pick up a community project in our neighbourhood friendly environment.

Ashdale Writers Group: Alternate Saturdays (Oct 4thand 18th), 10:30 am to Noon.

Drop by and meet others at this community writers group. Bring a piece of writing to share, review and comment on others’ writing, and talk about the process.

Gerrard Ashdale Book Club: Thursday, Oct 30th, 7:00 to 8:00 pm.

If you enjoy reading a range of literature and talking to others about books, this group is for you. October selection: “The Secret Agent” by Joseph Conrad.


Teen Program: Game Night: Friday, October 17th, 4 – 5 pm.

Call for gamers to join in for a game night and play against each other. Ages 13 and up.

Youth Advisory Group (YAG) (Ages 13 to 19). Friday, October 24th, 4 – 5 pm.

Make friends and earn volunteer hours while helping us to create a better library for youth in the community. Youth volunteers needed. Registration required. Call us at 416-393-7717 for more information or reply to this email.


Kids Book Club (Ages 8 – 12 years): Wednesday, October 22nd, 4 –5 pm.

Join to read, talk and play a game related to the book of the month! Sign up to become a member.

Leading to Reading (Children in grades 1 – 6): Mondays, 5 – 6 pm.

Children receive individualized help with reading and writing homework for one hour per week. Note: Program registration is currently full. However, we are still accepting applications for waitlist.

LEGO Club: Thursdays (starting Oct 2nd – Oct 23rd), 4 – 5 pm.

Come and explore the wonderful world of Lego building. For ages 6–12 years. Registration required.

Toddler Time (19 months to 3 years): Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

(Upcoming dates: October 1st, 8th & 15th). Enjoy stories, songs and finger plays for toddlers with their caregivers or parents. Drop in, no registration required.

Baby Time (0 to 18 months): Wednesdays, starting Oct 29th, 10:30 – 11:00am.

Enjoy stories, songs and bouncing rhymes for babies with their parents or caregivers. Drop in, no registration required.


English Conversation Circle: Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3:00 pm.

Practice Conversational English. Newcomers and local Canadian volunteers sit together for an information conversation about culture, food, local events, travelling and many more interesting themes. Co-sponsored program with WoodGreen Immigrant Services. For more information, Please call 416-645-6000 x2344

Resume Critiquing: Thursdays, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Free one on one resume critiquing and answers to your job search questions. Drop in or call to book an appointment, 416-645-6000 x2316.

All branches of Toronto Public Library will be closed:

Thanksgiving Day: Monday, October 13th, 2014

***For more information call: 416-393-7717