News in Brief: June 14, 2011

Ella Minnow Children’s Bookstore is helping to ‘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 last month. 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 Avenue). For more information call 416-698-2665.

Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon is hosting a Basement Flooding Environmental Assessment Community Consultation Open House on Thursday, June 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mennonite New Life Centre, 1774 Queen St. E., just east of Kingston Road. City staff involved with the project will be on hand. There will also be displays and Q&A time.
For more information contact Councillor McMahon’s office at 416-392-1376.

On Wednesday, June 22, take a LEAF Tree Tour through the Upper Beach with Councillor McMahon and LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) representatives. Discuss the local tree canopy, review the health of local trees, talk about planned and approved changes, protection policies and more.
Meet at the Upper Beach Cafe, 1917 Gerrard St. E., at 7 p.m.  For more info contact 416-392-1376.
St. Nicholas/Birch Cliff Anglican Church will be holding a Blessing of Bicycles on Wednesday, June 22, at 4:30 p.m. Family and friends are welcome to bring their bikes in to be blessed. In addition, there will be cycling information, route maps and other resources courtesy of the Toronto Cyclists Union.
If you would like to find out more, visit or call 416-691-0449. St. Nick’s is located at 1512 Kingston Rd.

The Ontario Visually Impaired Golfers (OVIG) and the Beach and Fairways Driving Range are holding a Golf Clinic at the driving range, 411 Victoria Park Ave., on Saturday, June 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. Anyone who is blind or visually impaired and who may have stopped playing golf because of reduced vision, may participate.
New-to-the-game golfers are especially welcome to come out and try the sport. CPGA Certified Golf Instructors will be there, and golf clubs will be supplied to those who need them.
There is no charge for this event. Space is limited so participants will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information call 416-686-4101.

The Beaches Masonic Lodge is hosting its 5th annual Sandcastle Building Competition on Sunday, June 26 at Ashbridges Bay. Anyone with a shovel and bucket is invited to compete for The Beaches Cup. The winner is chosen by the public who donate money to their favourite sandcastle. The sandcastle who has accumulated the most cash wins, and the money is then donated to a local charity. Teams may start digging at dawn and must finish by 3 p.m. Cold drinks and hamburgers are included in the fun.

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