Category Archives: Ashdale Village / Little India, Gerrard Street East

Join the Ashbridge’s Neighbourhood Jane’s Walk on Sunday May 4, 2014

Ashbridge's neighbourhood Jane's Walk

You’re invited to the Jane’s Walk Sunday May 4 – meet at the northwest corner of Lakeshore and Coxwell.

You’re invited to the Jane’s Walk Sunday May 4 – 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
Meet at the northwest corner of Lakeshore and Coxwell. (Ashbridge’s Bay skatepark).

We’ll take a stroll up from the bay, roughly up the Ashbridge’s Creek, one of the hidden streams of east Toronto.

What we’ll talk about:
What is Ashbridge’s Bay today? What was it in 1793? Who were the Ashbridges? Why is there a historic house on Queen East with a huge expanse of lawn? Where is the Ashbridge’s Creek today? Guess a few of the names that the Ashbridge’s neighbourhood has been called in the last 220 years.

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

Also see photos of the Jane’s Walk I led in 2012, in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Duke of Connaught Public School, Woodfield Road, Toronto.

February 2014 – Ashdale Events at the Gerrard-Ashdale Library

February 2014 – Ashdale Events at the Gerrard-Ashdale Library.


FEATURED PROGRAMS

Wordz in Motion: Monday, February 3rd, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Join award winning poet, emcee and lyricist, Motion to explore words, sounds and rhythm through rap, storytelling, and hip hop theatre in this creative and interactive session.

NFB Film Club: Mighty Jerome: Tuesday, February 4th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
From acclaimed filmmaker Charles Officer comes the story of the rise, fall and redemption of Harry Jerome, Canada’s most record-setting track and field star.

Star Party: Thursday, February 6th, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Participants will have the opportunity to look at the Moon and Jupiter through telescopes. Presented by the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics. All ages welcome!

ADULT PROGRAMS

Craft Connections: Mondays, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Need a break? 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 new craft in a friendly environment.

Adult Chess Club (For ages 13 and up): Every Saturday, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Play casual chess.

Ashdale Writers Group: Alternate Saturdays: February 8th and 22nd, 10:30 a.m. 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 process.

Gerrard-Ashdale Book Club: Thursday February 27th, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
If you enjoy reading a range of literature and talking to others about books, this group is for you.
February selection: The Purchase by Linda Spalding

TEEN PROGRAMS

Youth Advisory Group (YAG) (Ages 13 to 19): Every 4th Friday of each month, February 28th, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
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.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Baby Time (Birth to 18 months): Wednesdays, February 5th, 12th and 19th. 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Bouncing and tickling rhymes, songs and stories for babies with their parents and caregivers. Drop in, no registration required.

Family Time (Ages 5 and under): Fridays starting Feb 28th.
Drop in for stories, songs, rhymes and crafts.

Leading to Reading (Children in grades 1 – 6 as of Sept. 2013): Mondays, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Children receive individualized help with reading and writing homework for one hour per week.
This programme is currently full. Please call us to inquire about the wait list.

WOODGREEN COMMUNITY SERVICES PARTNERSHIPS

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 your 30 minute appointment, 416-645-6000 x2316.

English Conversation Circle: This programme is currently on hiatus and will resume on Tuesday, March 18th 2014.

All branches of Toronto Public Library will be closed:
Family Day: Monday, February 17, 2014
***For more information call: 416-393-7717 or e-mail ashdale.events@gmail.com
***

Coming up in the next few days – Applegrove Yoga-Thon, Feast in the East, Lazy Daisy events, East End CHC

Sat. Feb. 1 Applegrove Annual Yoga-Thon
SPECIAL NOTICE – Thurs Jan 30: As there could be up to 20 cm of snow on Saturday, we might have to postpone Yoga-Thon. By 10:30 am on Saturday, we will post on FaceBook whether we are going ahead or postponing. On Saturday, before coming to Yoga-Thon, please check our Facebook link https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Applegrove-Community-Complex/99742456574.

Feb. 1 Feast in the East, Gerrard Art Space, 1390 Gerrard East at Woodfield.

Feb. 8: Woodshed Open Mic at Lazy Daisy’s Cafe, 1515 Gerrard St. E., 7:30 p.m. Bring your instrument and get on stage to show off your stuff! Hosted by Linda Lavender and David Shilman. No cover. Info: 647-278-3966

Feb. 12: Trivia Night at Lazy Daisy’s Cafe, 1515 Gerrard St. E., 8 p.m. (ongoing second Wednesday of every month). Theme: An Affair of the Heart. Host: Dawn Chapman. Prizes, fame and glory. Licensed.

Feb. 15: Smashmouth – Spoken Word Open Mic at Lazy Daisy’s Cafe, 1515 Gerrard St. E., 8 p.m. Poets, slam artists and writers! Share your words with the world. Hosted by Steve Bowa. Free. Info: www.lazydaisyscafe.ca

Feb. 25-March 25: Craving Change at East End Community Health Centre, 1619 Queen Street East, Tuesdays 2:15-4:15 pm. Want to change your relationship with food? Come learn about what can trigger your food cravings, and strategies to change problematic eating behaviours. This program is free to people on limited income, living in the East End CHC catchment. See www.eastendchc.on.ca for Centre information. For program info or to register, call Miriam at 416-778-5805 ext. 210. Space is limited – call to see if there is still space.

Ashdale Events with Gerrard-Ashdale Library – January 2014

Ashdale Events with Gerrard-Ashdale Library.

JANUARY

FEATURED PROGRAMS

NFB Film Club: The Fruit Hunters: Tuesday, January 7th, 6:30-8:05 p.m.

A screening of the 2012 feature documentary film about exotic fruit cultivators and preservationists. Directed by Yung Chang and co-written by Chang and Mark Slutsky, and inspired by Adam Leith Gollner’s 2008 book of the same name.

Family Literacy Day: Monday, January 27th, 7:00 -8:00 p.m.

Celebrate Family Literacy Day with stories, games and much more. No registration required.

ADULT PROGRAMS

Craft Connections: New Time! Mondays starting January 13th, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Need a break? 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 new craft in a friendly environment.

Adult Chess Club (For ages 13 and up): Every Saturday starting January 4th, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Play casual chess.

Gerrard Ashdale Writers Group: Alternate Saturdays: January 11th and 25th, 10:30 a.m. 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 process.

Gerrard Ashdale Book Club: Thursday January 30th, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

If you enjoy reading a range of literature and talking to others about books, this group is for you.

January selection: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

TEEN PROGRAMS

Youth Advisory Group (YAG) (Ages 13 to 19): Every 4th Friday of each month, January 24th, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Baby Time (For ages birth to 18 months): Wednesdays, January 15th, 22nd and 29th, 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Drop in, no registration required. Bouncing and tickling rhymes, songs and stories for babies with their parents and caregivers.

Leading to Reading (Children in grades 1 – 6 as of Sept. 2013): Mondays, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Children receive individualized help with reading and writing homework for one hour per week.
This programme is currently full. Please call us to inquire about the wait list.

WOODGREEN COMMUNITY SERVICES PARTNERSHIPS

Resume Critiquing: Thursdays starting January 9th, 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 your 30 minute appointment, 416-645-6000 x2316.

English Conversation Circle: This programme is currently on hiatus and will resume on Tuesday, March 18th 2014.

All branches of Toronto Public Library will be closed:
New Year’s Day: Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Celebrate Christmas in the Gerrard India Bazaar, Ashdale Events at the Gerrard-Ashdale Library – December 2013

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Celebrate Christmas in the Gerrard India Bazaar.

Ashdale Events at the Gerrard-Ashdale Library – December 2013 edition

Holiday Open House, Wednesday, Dec. 11th, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Come and join in the festivities as Gerrard/Ashdale Library celebrates the holidays with stories, crafts and refreshments. Plus a visit from Santa! Free photo session included! Santa will return Thursday Dec. 12th, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. for another photo session!

ADULT PROGRAMS
Craft Connections, Wednesdays, Dec 11th & 18th, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
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.
Adult Chess Club (For ages 13 and up), Saturday Dec. 14th, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Play casual chess.

Gerrard Ashdale Writers Group, Saturday Dec. 14th, 10:30 a.m. to Noon.
Drop by and meet others at this community writers group.

Gerrard Ashdale Book Club, Thursday, Dec. 19th, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
If you enjoy reading a range of literature and talking to others about books, this group is for you.
December selection: The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan

TEEN PROGRAMS

Youth Advisory Group (YAG), every 4th Friday of each month, Dec. 20th, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Registration required. Youth Volunteers needed.
Make friends and earn volunteer hours while helping us to create a better library for youth in the community.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS
Preschool Time (For ages 3 – 5), Fridays, Dec. 13th & 20th, 2 – 2:30 p.m.
Drop in, no registration required.
Stories, songs and rhymes for children with their parents or caregivers.

All branches of Toronto Public Library will be closed:
Sunday, December 22, 2013 Christmas week closure
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 Christmas Eve Closed at 1:00 p.m. *
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 Christmas Day
Thursday, December 26, 2013 Boxing Day
Sunday, December 29, 2013 New Year’s week closure
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 New Year’s Eve Closed at 1:00 p.m. *
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 New Year’s Day
* Those library locations that are scheduled to be open on December 24 and December 31, will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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

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

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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

FEATURED PROGRAMS

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.
LIFE AS WE KNOW IT
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.

ADULT PROGRAMS

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

TEEN PROGRAMS

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.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

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 ashdale.events@gmail.com

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


From the Gerrard India Bazaar website:

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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!

Events in our community in the last two weeks of August 2013 – as listed in Beach Metro News

In the next couple of weeks, there are a few events going on close by.

Mon. Aug. 19: Community Meeting about Development of 1327 Queen St. E., with Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, at Maple Cottage, 62 Laing St. (Queen & Greenwood), 7 p.m. Info: 416-392-1376

Sun. Aug. 25: ‘Life of Pi’ at Jonathan Ashbridge Park. Movies Under the Stars with Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Info: 416-392-1376

Tuesdays: Seniors Jazz at Canadian Legion, Baron Byng Beaches Branch 1/42, 243 Coxwell Ave., 1-3 p.m. Info: 416-465-0120

Thursdays: Walking Group at East End Community Health Centre, 1619 Queen St. E., 10-11 a.m. Want to get moving and improve your health? Come join the East End Walking Group for a stroll around the neighbourhood, followed by some light stretching. For more programs, check the Centre’s program calendar at http://www.eastendchc.on.ca. To participate in the walking group, call Zari 416-778-5805 ext. 222

Gerrard Ashdale Library, 1432 Gerrard St. E. •Aug. 10-24: Writers Group, alternate Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-noon •Aug. 23: Word Out: Teen Read for ages 12-18, a summer book club aimed specifically at teens, Fridays, 4-5 p.m. Library is wheelchair accessible. Info: 416-393-7717, ashdaleevents@gmail.ca, www.torontopubliclibrary.ca

East Toronto Climate Action Group are citizens who are concerned about smog, climate change and other environmental issues as they impact the city and particularly East Toronto. We meet monthly, and welcome your involvement and support. Info: www.etcag.org