News in Brief

The Danforth East Community Association (DECA) and the newly-formed Gerrard East Community Organization will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, March 7, to address concerns about the increasing number of empty and derelict storefronts in both neighbourhoods. Organizers have invited guest speaker Marcus Westbury to talk about how he single-handedly revitalized the downtown core of his hometown of Newcastle, Australia.
The meeting will take place at the Naval Club, 1910 Gerrard St. E., from 7 to 9 p.m. This is a ‘pay what you can’ event. For more information visit

The Friends of Queen Street will hold a Community Meeting on Thursday, March 15, about condo development along the street. The event is a follow-up to Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon’s Segment Study walk, held on Feb. 25. This will be an opportunity to discuss, fact-find and voice your views.
The meeting will be held in the gymnasium of Kew Beach Junior Public School, 101 Kippendavie Ave., from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information contact the Friends at

The 3rd annual Scarborough Seedy Saturday is March 17 at the Heron Park Recreation Centre, 292 Manse Rd., in the Kingston Road and Lawrence Avenue East neighbourhood. This is the place for gardening enthusiasts who like to save and exchange seeds, buy heirloom seeds, and learn more about their favourite pasttime from Toronto Master Gardeners. There will be workshops about all-season growing, organic gardening and ‘Eating off your Balcony’. The West Hill Highland Creek Lions Club will be taking orders for rain barrels, with net proceeds supporting local community causes. And because it’s St. Patrick’s Day, there will be chances to win prizes if you are wearing green.
The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. For more information email or call 416-691-5173, or visit

Beaches/East York MP Matthew Kellway will be on hand to meet constituents at a drop-in on Saturday, March 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at AccessPoint on the Danforth, 3079 Danforth Ave. Scarborough Southwest MP Dan Harris will also be in attendance to talk about the services offered by each of their constituency offices and how they liaise with AccessPoint. Tours of the facility will be available.
On Sunday, March 18, join Kellway at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., for a Melancthon Mega-Quarry Q&A from 1 to 3 p.m. Are you concerned about the Mega-Quarry and how it will impact our community? This meeting will give you an opportunity to find out more, find out who is involved, what can be done and how you can get involved.
Old Age Security is the topic of a Town Hall meeting, hosted by MP Kellway, at Hope United Church, 2550 Danforth Ave., on Thursday, March 22, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Kellway welcomes MP Wayne Marston, the Official Opposition Pensions Critic to explore the implications of the government’s proposed OAS cuts and how seniors can be protected.
For more information about all of these events, contact Kellway’s office at 416-467-0860 or visit

Soulpepper Theatre Company’s Ins Choi will perform a one-person show Subway Stations of the Cross at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church on Sunday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m. Ins describes this theatrical spoken-word performance as a meditation on the life and death of Jesus Christ, mixing performance art, poetry recitation, clown, ritual, prophecy and the babblings of a crazy man.
St. Saviour’s is located at 43 Kimberley Ave. For more information call 416-699-6512 or visit

Greening Ward 32 will hold its next Woodbine Park Community Visioning Meeting on Thursday, March 22 at 9 Boardwalk Dr., beginning at 7 p.m. Bouyed by a successful first meeting in February, organizers are counting on a good turnout, guest speakers and lively discussion to provide inspiration for their next step which will be creating work groups to take ideas from the visioning stage to the planning stage.
There is an attendance cap of 40. RSVP to Martina at

The Toronto Beaches Dog Association will hold its fourth annual Beachy-Clean Day on Sunday, March 25, starting at the Leuty Lifeguard Station. There will be a barbecue and refreshments, and bring the canines because there will be treats for them too. The fun (or work, depending how you look at it) begins at 11 a.m. Along with the Toronto Beaches Dog Association, sponsors include the Silverbirch Off-Leash Dog Park Association and Royal LePage Signature Realty.
For more information contact Chris Yaccato at 416-820-0790 or

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