News in Brief

While we patiently wait for Mother Nature to co-operate in the creation of our neighbourhood and backyard ice rinks, we can still get our skating fix at Ted Reeve Arena, located at the corner of Main and Gerrard Streets.
The rink is open for Pleasure Skating on Saturday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. until March 17. Children aged six and under must wear a helmet. And right next door, the Beaches Sports Centre (under the white dome) offers public skating every day of the week at varying times. At that facility everyone who goes on the ice must wear a helmet. Both locations are free.
For more information call Ted Reeve Arena at 416-694-6893.

Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., will hold a free workshop on The Missing Link to Optimal Health on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. The free event will be presented by Toronto nutritionists Jane Durst Pulkys and Tony Matchem, who will address topics such as metabolism, energy and wellness. Light refreshments will be served.
Call 416-691-1113 for more information.

The Toronto Catholic District School Board Staff Arts Theatre Company will stage The Odd Couple (The Female Version) at St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9 to 11, at 7:30 p.m. each night.
The TCDSB Staff Arts theatre company, comprised entirely of staff and former staff, promotes Arts and Arts Education by providing performances and related production opportunities. In this production, Neil Simon’s update starts with a group of women playing Trivial Pursuit in slobby Olive Madison’s apartment when fussbudget Florence Unger, who has just separated from her husband, arrives.
Tickets to this performance are $20 each, available at St. Patrick School is located at 49 Felstead Ave., near Greenwood and Danforth Avenues.

A Seniors’ Health Fair will be held at Applegrove Community Complex, 60 Woodfield Rd., on Friday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will provide information about health and active living for older adults. Find out about fitness, retirement and travel, safety and fraud, recreation activities, and even things we don’t want to think about such as living with chronic illness. There will be a line dancing demo and healthy cooking demo, door prizes, complimentary lunch, tea and coffee.
For more information call Renate at 416-461-8143.

A Self-Defence Seminar for Women will be held at St. John Catholic School, 780 Kingston Rd., on Friday, Feb. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. The class will be held by Dragonz Martial Artz owner and 5th degree black belt in taekwondo Marvin Prashad, with the support of the Danforth East Community Association (DECA).
The cost is pay what you can and all proceeds will be donated to Hope4Help (, a non-profit organization supporting the Tumani Community Orphan School in Kenya.

Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon will lead a Queen Street East Segment Study Walk on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Beachers are invited to join the Councillor on this interactive stroll along the section of Queen from Woodbine Avenue to Lee Avenue that was recently the subject of an independent planning firm’s ‘segment study’. Councillor McMahon wants to hear your views and ideas about planning and development in the area. The walk will begin at the Fire Station at the corner of Queen and Herbert Avenue and will end at Lee Avenue.
For more information call Councillor McMahon at 416-392-1376 or email

Frontiers Foundation and Project Amik are calling for support at Pyramid of Hope, a demonstration for affordable housing, on Thursday, March 1 from noon to 2 p.m. on Parliament Hill.
Frontiers Foundation says a commitment by the Harper government of 20 billion dollars for 65 warplanes to be built in the U.S. could be better spent on 200,000 new, safe, warm and healthy Canadian homes. The demonstration will be hosted by MP Olivia Chow and will include First Nations drumming and singing along with speeches by Aboriginal and Canadian leaders. Organizers are hoping for more than 1,500 participants, but you must register to attend. Bus transportation will be provided from Project Amik, 419 Coxwell Ave., at 7 a.m.
For more information, and to register, visit, email or call 416-690-3930.

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