News in Brief

The Friends of Glen Davis Ravine are holding a Community Coffee House on Friday evening, April 8 at Community Centre 55. The community organization was formed by local residents concerned about the possible construction of a condominium development at 580-592 Kingston Rd., on the slope of the ravine. Area resident Olev Edur will be on hand signing and selling copies of his book Ravine Diary. Native plant seeds, donated by Seeds of Diversity, will be available for purchase. And of course there will be coffee. Drop in between 7 and 8:30 p.m. at CC55, 97 Main St.
For more information visit or join their facebook group.

Here’s another chance to sit down and chat with Beaches-East York Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon. She is hosting another round of Coffee Talks the weekend of April 9 and 10.
On Saturday, April 9, she will be at Cozy Cafe & Bakery, 2075 Danforth Ave., from 10 a.m. to noon. From 1 to 3 p.m. she will be at 5 Spices, 1411 Gerrard St. E. The next day, Sunday, April 10, she will be at Remarkable Bean, 2242 Queen St. E. from 10 a.m. to noon and at Savoury Grounds, 959 Kingston Rd., from 1 to 3 p.m.
For more information call 416-392-1376.

Yoshi’s Sweets on Queen Street is participating in Toronto Bakes for Japan, a citywide fundraiser, on Sunday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are invited to stop by the bakery, at 2359 Queen St. E., and try a traditional, and gluten-free, Japanese dessert of rice and beans called manju, as well as Japanese teas and drinks.
All proceeds from the day’s sales will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross. Store owner Yoshi Kawano is a fourth-generation Japanese-Canadian with family and friends in Japan and although none were harmed, Yoshi wants to support the thousands who were not as fortunate.
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The new recruits of the 2011 City of Toronto Fire, Class 1, are holding a fundraising raffle for a local firefighter who is battling cancer.
Richard Eldon, 42, is a firefighter with Station 226 on Main Street. Pain therapy for the father of three is not covered under his health plan and the financial burden on the family is immense.
To make a donation or to contribute to the raffle, please email or call 416-698-5296.

The building in which Community Centre 55 is housed is turning 100 years old this year. CC55 is planning a celebration to mark the occasion and would like to get some anecdotal history from former staff or anyone who has any past connections to the building.
Get in touch with Nancy Culver at 416-691-1113.

George Webster Elementary School on Cedarcrest Boulevard in East York has opened a Pediatric Clinic to provide medical access to students and families as well as surrounding schools. It is the latest initiative of the Toronto District School Board’s Model Schools for Inner Cities Program, which assists underserved neighbourhoods, and is run in partnership with the Toronto Foundation for Student Success and Access Alliance.

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