News in Brief

All aboard for The Scarborough Model Railroaders’ annual Train Show on Sunday, Dec. 4. There are two floors full of both HO and N scale train layouts at 17 Jeavons Ave. in the Birchmount Road and Danforth Avenue neighbourhood.
On one floor there are 1,500 square feet of 1950s era HO passenger and freight train layouts set in Southern Ontario with authentic steam and diesel audio. The N scale layout features over 28 scale miles of track travelling through mountain scenery.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for children, $3 seniors and the whole family can get in for $12. The show runs from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, or if you’d like to find out how to become a member of the group, visit

Nothing says Christmas like a snow-tinged gingerbread house and here is your chance to make your very own for your home. The Cozy Cafe is holding a Gingerbread House Party on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. For $25 you get gingerbread, candies, icing and board. All you need to bring is your imagination.
The Cozy Cafe is located at 2075 Danforth Ave. at Woodbine, easily accessible by subway or, if you prefer to drive, street parking is available. Please RSVP to

Santa  will be dropping in for a yummy Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Beaches Recreation Centre, 6 Williamson Rd., from 9 to 11 a.m. Along with delicious food there will be live music and activities for the kids.
It’s all free but please bring a donation of a non-perishable food item. For more information call the Centre at 416-392-0740.

Hamper’s 30th annual Share-A-Christmas campaign is getting into full swing at Community Centre 55. Sorting and packing of the food and toys that will be distributed to neighbourhood families will begin on Sunday, Dec. 18.
On that day, at the Centre, sorting of non-perishables will take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and again on Monday, Dec. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 20, again from 6 to 8 p.m.
On Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., sorting and packing of toys will begin so organizers ask that children not take part on that evening.
Thursday, Dec. 22 is delivery day. Packing and sorting of perishables will be done between noon and 2 p.m. with deliveries slated to begin at 4 p.m.
CC55 is located at 97 Main St. If you would like more information on how you can take part, call 416-691-1113.

It may only be November but if you are an avid gardener, you’re already planning for next spring. And so is the Beach Garden Society, which has put out a call for Garden Spotters to identify gardens that could be included in next year’s Garden Tour.
Gardens should be interesting but not necessarily professionally designed. Neither do they need to be large as sometimes a small garden has had to make use of limited space in a more creative way.
“What we’re looking for are gardens where people can get ideas they can adapt for their own space,” said Sonia Halloran, Chair of the Garden Tour Committee. So here is your opportunity to let others know about a special garden in your neighbourhood.
Send an email to Include photos if you can. The tour will take place next June.

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