News in brief (March 20)

Beaches-East York MP Matthew Kellway will hold an OAS Town Hall on Thursday, March 22 to explore the implications of the government’s proposed cuts to Old Age Security. Joining him will be MP Wayne Marston, Official Opposition Pensions Critic. They will discuss and answer questions about what these potential changes will mean to seniors. The meeting will be held at Hope United Church, 2550 Danforth Ave., across from Main subway station. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a 6:30 p.m. start time.

On Saturday, March 31, Kellway will host a Federal Budget Debrief to explore how the Budget (to be released March 29) will affect constituents. This meeting will take place at Danforth Mennonite Church, 2174 Danforth Ave., east of Woodbine subway station. Doors open at 2 p.m. and the event runs from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information visit or matthewkellway. You can also reach him by phone at 416-467-0860 or email matthew.

Get to know the Gerrard India Bazaar neighbourhood a little better at a Gerrard Street East Meet & Greet on Thursday, March 22. The recently-formed Gerrard East Community Organization (GECO) is holding this, a second community walk, as a follow-up to one held a couple of weeks ago. That event was so successful that the group only managed to complete half of what they had intended. Organizers are hoping to revitalize the area which lately has seen some buildings and storefronts remain vacant for long periods of time or fall into disrepair; the walk is intended to celebrate the positive aspects of the neighbourhood.

The walk will begin at Bombay Chowpatty, 1386 Gerrard St. E. (at Woodfield) at 6 p.m. and end at Udupi Palace, 1460 Gerrard St. E. (at Craven) around 8 to 8:30 p.m. For more information visit

Toronto District School Board Trustee for Beaches-East York Sheila Cary-Meagher will host a Ward 16 Council Meeting on Thursday, March 29, at East York Collegiate Institute, 650 Cosburn Ave., at 7 p.m. Cary-Meagher welcomes special guest Chris Spence, TDSB Director of Education, to discuss “Parent Engagement.” Everyone is welcome. For more information call 416-395-8413 or email

Members of the Danforth East Community Association (DECA) are clearing out their children’s closets and offering gently-used toys, clothes, books and outerwear at a Kids Gear Sale on Sunday, March 25, at Kimbourne Park United Church, 200 Wolverleigh Blvd. The fundraising event starts at 1 p.m. and winds up at 5 p.m.

Community Centre 55 is holding a Silent Auction on Friday, March 30, to raise funds for the many programs it offers. Event organizers promise some great bidding items along with door prizes and refreshments. The fundraiser runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at 97 Main St. If you would like to donate something for the auction, or for more information, call Cameron at 416-691-1113 ext. 226 or visit

The final film in the ‘Life Through a Jewish Lens’ adult education series will be screened Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m. at the Beach Hebrew Institute, 109 Kenilworth Ave. Expulsion and Memory: Descendants of the Hidden Jews is about Jews in 15th century Spain who were given a choice of expulsion or conversion to Catholicism. The screening will be followed by discussion and admission is free. For more information visit or call 416-694-7942.

In recognition of Earth Day (Sunday, April 22), the Danforth/Coxwell Library will hold a special screening of Force of Nature: the David Suzuki Movie on Wednesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. This National Film Board production takes a look at the places and events that shaped Suzuki’s life and was a People’s Choice Documentary Award winner at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. The Library is located at 1675 Danforth Ave. For more information call 416-393-7783.

The 525th Brownie Pack is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a reunion on Saturday, April 21, at Presteign-Woodbine United Church, 2538 St. Clair Ave. E., from 2 to 4 p.m. All former Brownies, Leaders, Pack Leaders, Junior Leaders or parents are invited to drop by and meet old friends. Bring a photo of you in your Brownie uniform. To RSVP (only if you are planning to attend), email or phone 416-757-0387, 416-690-7711, or 905-839-4140.

Anyone who still uses snail mail (we know there are some of you out there) will want to know that the Beaches Postal Outlet on Queen Street East at Lee Avenue will re-locate to the Hallmark store, 2140A Queen St. E., on March 30.

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