News in Brief

Nominations are being taken for the next Beach Citizen of the Year. Judges are ready to bestow the honour on a current or former Ward 32 resident who has exhibited exceptional service to the community. If you know a candidate, visit and fill out the online form. You may also pick up a form at the Beach Metro office, 2196 Gerrard St. E. The winner will have their name engraved on a stone at the Millennium Gardens Walk of Fame.

Pegasus Thrift Store is kicking off a week of ‘half-off’ savings. The start date coincides with the Kingston Road Village Spring Festival on Saturday, June 4 and winds up June 10. There will be 50% off everything in the store including books, housewares, art, clothing and more. All proceeds from sales at this non-profit store support programs for adults with disabilities.

The Children’s Peace Theatre, Neighbourhood Alliance and local young people are hosting a Youth Festival on Saturday, June 4 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Called ‘Blossom from Youth to Youth’, the festival is raising funds to support the ongoing relief effort in Japan. The multicultural program features yoga, an art show, a cooking demonstration, interactive workshops and entertainment by local youth talent.
Children’s Peace Theatre is located inside the Massey-Goulding Estate at 305 Dawes Rd. If you would like more information about the fundraiser or would like to find out how to participate in the talent portion of the program, call Erin Socall at 416-752-1550 or email

Local branches of the Royal Canadian Legion will be marking D-Day with a parade and memorial service on Sunday, June 5 beginning at 1 p.m. Colour parties and legion members from area branches will assemble in the parking lot of Norway Public School and proceed to march along Kingston Road to Woodbine, then north on Woodbine to the entrance of the St. John’s Norway Church cemetery. A memorial service, honouring the soldiers who lost their lives in the Second World War D-Day Invasion of Normandy in 1944, will be held inside the cemetery. Following the service, marchers will head back to Kingston Road and Haslett Avenue for dismissal.
Baron Byng Beaches Branch 1/42, at 243 Coxwell Ave., will hold a reception afterwards until 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Join Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon and the Ladies of Lee Avenue (LOLA) on a Safety Walk on Monday, June 6. Walk the neighbourhood around Queen Street East and Lee Avenue and talk with 55 Division Crime Prevention Officer Rob McDonald. Meet at the northwest corner of Queen and Lee at 7 p.m. The walk will take about an hour. For more information call Councillor McMahon at 416-392-1376.

The Red Door Family Shelter will be the beneficiary of a fundraiser featuring art work done by children in the shelter’s Art Therapy program along with young artists from city schools. The art show, called ‘Joy’, will be held June 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Organizer Nikki Goldman says the show’s mission is to help those less fortunate while providing aspiring young artists an opportunity to participate in a gallery show. Canvases will sell for $25 each. This is a free event and light snacks are included. For more info visit

Ella Minnow Children’s Bookstore is helping ‘Rebuild the Slave Lake Library – one book at a time’ and you can too.
The brand new Rotary Club of Slave Lake Library, which had just opened last year, was completely destroyed by the forest fire which swept through the town on May 15. Ella Minnow is one of many stores across Canada helping to get the library back on its feet. Simply purchase a new book at the store and the store will send it to Slave Lake. Your gift can be personalized with a message, if you like. Cash donations are welcome to purchase additional books and to defray shipping costs. Ella Minnow is located at 1915 Queen St. E. (just east of Woodbine Ave.). For more information call 416-698-2665.

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