News in Brief

Bells on Danforth: The Musical Ride is set to take off on Saturday, June 2 at 1 p.m. This family-friendly bike ride combines pedal power and tintinnabulation to sound a call for bike lanes along the busy thoroughfare. The ride has been a fixture along Bloor Street for a few years, but now organizers are hoping to include East End riders in this inaugural event.
The group will meet at East Lynn Park, on Danforth Avenue just west of Woodbine Avenue, and head downtown along the Danforth. Once downtown, the group will meet up with Bells on Bloor and Bells on Yonge to converge on Queen’s Park for a cycle and sole event at 3 p.m. Marshals are also needed.
If you would like to volunteer, or for more information, visit

Farmers’ markets are getting ready to open in the coming weeks. Some are already up and running and selling country wares to appreciative city dwellers. The Leslieville Market sets up in Jonathan Ashbridge Park at the corner of Eastern and Coxwell Avenues. Beginning June 3, it will run Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Oct. 28. For more information visit
East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market is located, as you might imagine, in East Lynn Park on Danforth Avenue just west of Woodbine Avenue. Vendors will be offering produce and products Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. beginning June 7. The market also features weekly children’s events, crafts, face painting and monthly festivals. Its fifth anniversay celebration and grand opening will be held June 14. The market will close on Oct. 25.
Visit for more information.

Pegasus Studios will host a Storytellers for Children event Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9. The Three Wishes Festival features Juno-award winning children’s musician Kathy Reid-Naiman, Hannah Naiman, and storyteller/author Dan Yashinsky in concert for children from toddlers to Grade 6. Concerts are $5 at the door. Adult-only admission is $25. Schools will need to book at 416-699-2608.
Pegasus is located at 361 Glebeholme Blvd., in the Danforth and Coxwell Avenues area. For more information, and to register, call 416-699-2608.

St. Denis Catholic School, 67 Balsam Ave., will hold its annual fundraising Funfair on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fun includes rides, a barbecue, games, basket raffles, arts and crafts and lots more. Everyone is welcome. Call 416-393-5310 if you need more info.

Primrose the Donkey will make her annual visit to Valhalla Boulevard on Saturday, June 9, when the street holds its street sale. Primrose is 34 years old and lives at a donkey sanctuary in Roseneath (featured in the Pet of the Month column in the March 6 issue of Beach Metro). Her visit helps raise money for the sanctuary. You can visit her at 45 Valhalla where she will greet guests in the yard.

A Spirit Wheel Walk Run will be held Sunday, June 10 along the boardwalk in support of Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Awareness Month. The Fernie Family is holding this first SWWR event in support of their 2-year-old son Jackson. The Action Jackson SWWR begins at the Boardwalk BBQ Pub at Ashbridge’s Bay at noon. It’s a tailored fundraiser that allows participants to contribute in whatever way they can. For more information visit

A Paint the Park Party will be held in Moncur Park on Sunday, June 10 from noon to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Hosted by the Friends of Moncur Park, this brick by brick shed-painting party promises fun for all, including face painting, a playground meet & greet, and gardening. Bring your own blanket and picnic. Bricks cost $20.
Moncur Park is accessed at 165 Coxwell Ave. or 10 Gainsborough Rd. You can find the group on facebook at Friends of Moncur Park and Twitter  @MoncurPark.

Learn to ride a bike or catch up on defensive cycling skills at the City-offered Can-Bike program for adults, children and new riders. Gain new confidence on the road, learn advanced bike handling and more.
A Can-Bike Summer Camp offers kids swimming, sports and crafts along with improving bike skills.
To register for the program, either a class or camp, call 416-338-4386 or visit

The Kingston Road Village Springfest will be held Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shops along Kingston Road from Hannaford Street to Blantyre, including Henley Village, will offer sales, specials, live music and more.
Come hungry because there will be lots of yummy treats along the way. The kids will be able to get their faces painted, visit with robot ‘Mike on a Bike’ and climb aboard a fire truck.

Global Pet Foods held its seventh annual Show Us Your Heart campaign earlier this year, at four locations including the Queen Street East location. The store and a pet food manufacturer matched the first dollar of every donation, and ended up raising $154,000 for local animal shelters across Canada.
Locally, the four locations raised $4,409 for Cherry Street Cats, a group that cares for a colony of feral cats, and $3,681 for Big On Beagles, a beagle rescue founded by Beach Metro News ‘Pet of the Month’ columnist Marna Gale.

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