News in Brief – June 12

The recently-formed Friends of Monarch Park will hold its second meeting Tuesday, June 12, in the library of Monarch Park Collegiate. The group’s creation was initiated by the Danforth East Community Association (DECA) to address various park issues such as pool improvements, dog park boundaries, ice rink and swimming pool hours and a lack of tennis courts. Organizers hope to establish a steering committee as well as subcommittees to start laying the groundwork for implementing ideas. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit or find the Friends on facebook.

Local Shakespearian company Bard in the Park and Community Centre 55 are staging William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing from Tuesday, June 12 to Sunday, June 17, in Kew Gardens. Curtain time is 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and there are matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Bring a lawn chair and a blanket. Seating is limited. The suggested donation is $10 but organizers don’t want that to keep you away. Everyone is welcome. For more information call Mary at 416-267-0752.

Centre 55 and the Kimberley Parent Council are hosting a Family Fun Night on Thursday, June 14, at the school, 50 Swanwick Ave. The fun includes a burger and hot dog barbecue, snow cones, popcorn, a bouncy castle, crafts and more. Bring your bathing suit for water games. The event runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. For more information call 416-691-1113.

A Gledhill Neighbourhood Tree Tour will set out from Gledhill Junior Public School on Saturday, June 16 at 3 p.m. Led by Lauren Brown of LEAF, the tour will explore the urban forest in this East End neighbourhood. Find out about the special benefits of trees in schools, biodiversity, tree identification and care. The walk winds down at 4:30 p.m. Gledhill Public School is located at 2 Gledhill Ave., just east of Woodbine and Danforth Avenues.

Local cycling group 32 Spokes, in collaboration with Heritage Toronto, invites cycling and history enthusiasts to take part in a Heritage Ride through the Beach on Saturday, June 16 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Beginning at the Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen St. E., the ride will navigate around the neighbourhoods and historic sites of the Beach, and wind up at the R. C. Harris Filtration Plant. For more information call 416-801-6771, email or visit

The Beaches Residents Association will meet on Tuesday, June 19 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss whether to pursue an appeal to the OMB on the rezoning of 1960-1962 Queen Street East. The meeting will take place at 1963 Queen St. E., on the second floor, above St. Louis Bar & Grill. All Beach residents are welcome to attend. For more information email or visit

Streetcar track repair and its inherent inconvenience is the motivation behind a Queen Street East Construction Party & Sidewalk Sale, Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Loving It Local party, taking place between Coxwell and Ashdale Avenues, plans to replace the frustration with fun. Scheduled events include a charity barbecue, live music, buskers, sales and lots more. Bring a picture of your own construction mess for a chance to win a prize package from local stores. Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon will be there to hear your concerns. For more information call 416-392-1376.

A World Peace Festival will be held in Kew Gardens on Sunday, June 24, from noon to 5 p.m. This Summer Solstice peace celebration features a performance by Children’s Peace Theatre, a mystery musician, poetry, yoga, Sound Healing, a flag ceremony, drumming, the Shout Sisters choir and more. Bring a picnic, a blanket and a hat. For more information call Catherine Allon at 416-694-0232.

A Kidsproof Safety Workshop for children aged four to seven will be offered by Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., on Sunday, June 24 at noon. “Never Bee Lost” is a one-hour workshop teaching children the steps to staying safe if they become lost or separated from their parents or caregivers. The cost is $25. For more information call facilitator Lainey Anderson at 416-691-1113 ext. 223.

The sixth annual Sandcastle Building competition, held each year by The Beaches Lodge #473 branch of the Masonic Lodge, takes to the sand on Sunday, June 24, at Ashbridges Bay. Teams start building their sandcastles early in the day and winners are announced promptly at 3 p.m. Judging is done by the public, who vote via donations for their favourite design. Funds are being raised this year for Toronto East General Hospital. Beaches Lodge members will supply refreshments to all diggers and sculptors. For more information, call Graeme Boyce at 416-402-8591.

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