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The Fox Theatre will host a fundraiser, put on by the Center of Hope Church, for the charitable organization Not4Sale on Sunday, Feb. 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the theatre, 2236 Queen St. E. Not4Sale helps to rehabilitate young children that have been rescued from the Cambodian sex trade industry. The event includes a silent auction, door prizes and draws, and entertainment by local musicians Random Road Band and comedy by Timmy Boyle. There is a $10 cover charge. For more info visit

The Beach Hebrew Institute presents the fourth session of its Adult Education series, Life Through a Jewish Lens, with a screening of the Canadian documentary Expulsion and Memory: Descendants of the Hidden Jews, Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. The one-hour film tells the story of Jews in 15th century Spain who were given a choice of expulsion or conversion to Catholicism. Half the community converted and the other half fled. The ones who stayed and ‘converted’ continued to practise Judaism in secret. If caught, these Hidden Jews would be severely punished for a first offence and burned at the stake if caught a second time.
The film was produced in 1996 and features poignant interviews with decendants of the Hidden Jews in Spain, Portugal, Israel and the U.S.
The Sephardic/Spanish soundtrack includes performances by Placido Domingo and Zubin Mehta. Admission to this event is free.
The Beach Hebrew Institute is located at 109 Kenilworth Ave. For more information visit or call 416-694-7942.

The first Woodbine Park Community Vision Meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 9 at 9 Boardwalk Dr., in the Multi-Purpose Room, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Local residents are invited to come out and share their vision for the beautification and improvement of the north end of Woodbine Park.
Presenters will include representatives from the City’s Waterfront Parks department. The event is co-hosted by Greening Ward 32 and the Green Committee at 9 Boardwalk and is sponsored and supported by Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon. It’s also free and light refreshments will be available.
To RSVP or get more information, contact Martina at

If you miss the popular farmers’ markets that proliferate in the spring and summer, don’t despair. The Leslieville Farmers’ Market is up and running on Sunday mornings in the front yard of Le Papillon Restaurant, 1001 Eastern Ave., west of Coxwell Avenue.
There you can stop by and pick up a Market Winter Box that includes an assortment of vegetables plus a specialty item such as cheese or honey. You may pre-order at The winter market will run until Sunday, May 27 and the spring market will start up on June 3.
And join them for a winter fundraiser this Sunday, Feb. 5, from 10 to 3 when Le Papillon’s chef Lukas will be cooking French Onion Soup over a wood-burning fire on the front lawn. They will also be selling the restaurant’s popular caramel upside down cake. Bring your bowl, spoon and appetite.

Community Centre 55, at 97 Main St.,  is the venue for a Healthy Home presentation — Simple Truths to Protect Your Family from Hidden Household Dangers — on Monday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m.
Clinical and Holistic Nutritionist Jane Durst Pulkys will answer questions such as: Is that new car smell healthy?, Is fluoride poisonous?, and What do you mean they don’t have to tell us if there are chemicals in our food? She will also offer tips on how to get a good night’s sleep, choose the right household cleaners and figure out what products to avoid.
The event is free and light refreshments will be served. Call 416-691-1113 for more information.

A Women’s Self Defence course will be held at Community Centre 55 in February. Instructor Marilyn Walsh, a 5th Level Gold Rank in Women’s Self Defence, will teach you how to create a circle of safety, control panic, discover ways to distract, startle or calm an attacker, kick and hit to the attacker’s weaker points, escape from holds and much more. Women age 12 and up are welcome.
The classes will be held Tuesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28, from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. The cost is $30 and you must register by Friday, Feb. 3. For more info, call Evonne at 416-691-1113.

Beach Zumba instructor Mary Ely-Yeager is taking part in a Zumba Fitness Fundraising Gala in memory of Sonia Varaschin, the Orangeville nurse who was killed in 2009, on Saturday, Feb. 4 at St. Michael’s College School, 1515 Bathurst St. The event includes various Zumba fitness programs at various prices. All funds will be donated to the Registered Nurses Foundation of Ontario for establishing a scholarship in memory of Sonia. Everyone is welcome.
For more information visit

East Toronto Baseball Association is getting ready for its 2012 season, hoping to field 24 teams from T Ball to Midget. Here is your chance to step up to the plate and help make it all happen for the young athletes. The organization needs sponsors for teams, opening day, closing day, hand out bags, and the information/scheduling program.
For more information on how you can contribute, visit or email

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