Monthly Archives: July 2015

Gerrard-Ashdale Library events for August 2015

For more information, call Gerrard-Ashdale Library at 416-393-7717.


Featured programs

Summer Reading Club (SRC)
Join SRC and receive free Notebook, Web Access Code and Fortune Teller! Collect stickers when you report, enter contests and participate in library programs.
SRC Wrap Party with Hanging Summer Spiral Craft
Get your Summer Reading Club certificate, and other surprises. Make a Summer Spiral. It will look pretty dangling in the breeze and sparking in the sunlight. Wednesday, August 5th, 2 – 3 pm.

Arabian Acrylic Painting for Teens
Learn to paint the decorative Arabian way using acrylic paint. Friday, August, 7th, 4 – 5 pm. Ages 13-19. Register in person or by calling 416-393-7177. Co-sponsored by the WoodGreen Community Centre.

Adult programs

Adults’ Chess Club: (Ages 13+) Saturdays, 1-2:30 pm. Drop-in and play casual chess.

Ashdale Writers Group: Alternate Saturdays (August 8th & 22nd), 10:30 am to Noon.
Drop by and meet others at this community writers group. Writers read and critique in a supportive environment. Bring a piece of writing to share, review and comment on others’ writing, and talk about the process.

Gerrard Ashdale Book Club: Thursday, August 27th, 7 – 8 pm.
If you enjoy reading a range of literature and talking to others about books, this group is for you. No August selection just discussion of great summer reads.

Teen programs

Make Wearable Tech Jewelry – Ages 13-19
Unleash your inner designer by creating your own wearable tech jewelry with Julielynn Wong, MD, MPH. She is a Harvard-educated, award-winning public health physician, maker, and educator. Friday, August 21st, 4 pm. Spaces limited. Please register in person or phone 416-393-7717.

Woodgreen Community Services partnerships

English Conversation Circle: Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3:00 pm.
Practice Conversational English. Newcomers and local Canadian volunteers sit together for conversations about culture, food, local events and other interesting topics. For more information, Please call 416-645-6000 x2344.

Resume Critiquing: Thursday, August 20th, 2 – 3 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.

Woodfield Road on map of proposed enhancements for bicycle routes — your input is invited

Received the following invitation to comment on bike lane proposals. Interestingly, one proposal is for Woodfield Road.


From City of Toronto:

Reminder to Comment on Draft Cycling Map Before August 1

If you have not already, please provide your feedback on the Draft 10 Year Cycling Network Map. You can use the link below to view the map on a tablet, laptop or desktop computer (sorry, it is not possible for the interface to be fully smart phone compatible).

The network is presented on two screens: the first is City-Wide (does not include downtown projects), and the second is City-Core (which shows only downtown projects).

Use the maps to prioritize the projects you feel are most important. You can also drop markers to note which routes you think need to be upgraded, and drop start and end markers to propose new bikeways.

Click here to comment on the Draft Map

Beaches International Jazz Festival continues until Sunday July 26, 2015


Beaches jazz fest continues, July 20 to 26:

Monday July 20 to Wed. July 22 evenings
Workshops, Mennonite church Queen East of Kingston Road

Tue. July 21 – Wed. July 22 5 to 10 p.m.
Taste of Jazz— Foodtrucks event at Woodbine Park

Thu. July 23 – Sat. July 25
Street Fest, Queen east of Woodbine

Friday July 24 – Sunday July 26
Woodbine Park main stages – lots of music

And more.
See the full lineup of music and related events on the Beaches International Jazz Festival site.

Little India celebrations, Beaches Jazz Festival July 16-19, 2015

Lots going on this weekend.

As well as Sunday’s flea market at the Ashbridge Estate and farmer’s market at Jonathan Ashbridge Park, slightly farther afield are these two festivals.

Gerrard India Bazaar Eid Mubarak sidewalk sales and celebrations  Thursday July 16 to  Sunday July 19.


And Beaches Jazz Festival has “week two” music on four stages at Woodbine Park, Coxwell at Eastern.  Friday July 17 to Sunday July 19.


Sidekick, new comics cafe at 1374 Queen Street East – article in Toronto Star July 6, 2015

Sidekick, at 1374 Queen East, gets a nice article in today’s Star:

Entrepreneur fulfills life’s ambition with The Sidekick

At age 16, Chris Watton decided she’d combine a coffee shop with a comic book store long before such hybrids were popular.

See the full article.

Sidekick at 1374 Queen East

Sidekick at 1374 Queen East


Afrofest at Woodbine Park – July 4 and 5, 2015

27th Annual Afrofest 2015 // July 04 & 05, 2015. Presented by Music Africa Inc. “For the first time in its history, Music Africa Inc. is partnering with Africa New Music to present the 2015 edition of AFROFEST which is shaping out to be our biggest festival yet. With about 35 scheduled live performances, workshops, spoken word artists, dance groups, an interactive children’s village and marketplace, with over 70 vendors, there is something for everyone.”afrofest_2015_main_flyer_eng_v3_web_1432907816