News in Brief (Aug. 28, 2012)

It’s back to school time and that means corralling the kids long enough to try on last year’s clothes to find out what fits and what doesn’t. Just in time to help out is a Back-to-School Kids’ Clothing Swap at the Leslieville Farmers’ Market on Sunday, Sept. 2. Drop off gently-used clothing and pick up some new-to-you stuff from other market parents. Books, toys and sports equipment will also be included. All unclaimed items as of 2 p.m. will be delivered to Value Village on Queen Street East.
The Market is also bringing back its popular Cookbook Swap. Bring in gently-used cookbooks or books related to local food and receive one trading ticket for a small book or two for a big one.
Leslieville Farmers’ Market is located at Jonathan Ashbridge Park at Queen Street East and Woodfield Road, and runs Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information visit

The Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto will host a Foster Care Information Night for families who are interested in becoming Foster Parents on Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Anyone interested in attending is asked to register at 416-395-0558 or email

Gerrard Art Space will be hosting a series of children’s art classes beginning Monday, Sept. 10. Taught by Nicola Maguire of From the Fridge Door, the classes will help kids create artwork while developing a sense of personal style. The Preschool group (children aged four to six years) and the School Aged (six to 12 years) will both work with watercolour, acrylics, charcoal, chalk pastels, clay, plaster and more. The young artists will hone their skills in observation, colour sense and theory, use of space and composition. At the conclusion of the course students will hold an art show to showcase their work.
The Preschool course runs Mondays from 1 to 2 p.m. until Nov. 5 and the older kids will meet Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m. until Nov. 5 or Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. from Sept. 15 to Nov. 3. Each class costs $150 for the eight-week session. GAS is located at 1390 Gerrard St. E. at Woodfield Road. For more information email or visit

Gerrard Ashdale Library will preview some of the new book titles on the Eh List, a series of books by top Canadian authors, on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 2 to 3 p.m. The Toronto Public Library’s Joseph Romain will outline some of the new offerings by authors Peter Robinson, Emma Donoghue, Susan Swan, Giles Blunt, Vincent Lam, Terry Fallis, Cordelia Strube and others. The library is located at 1432 Gerrard St. E., west of Coxwell Avenue. For more information call the branch at 416-393-7717, email or visit

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 11 at 9 Dawes Rd. will be celebrating Legion Week from Monday, Sept. 17 to Friday, Sept. 21. The annual homage to veterans, featuring displays and memorabilia along with posters, poems and paintings by local students, will be open to the public on Monday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Tuesday to Thursday from 1 to 7:30 p.m.
Teachers are invited to bring their students to meet some of the veterans but are requested to make an appointment with Helen Pearce at 416-699-1353 or email her at
For more information visit the Branch website at

Neighbours and parents of students at Kew Beach Public School have formed the Beach Community Energy Co-operative to facilitate the installation of solar panels at the school by mid to late 2013. Thirty-five more members are needed, however, before the current feed-in-tariff (FIT) program expires. Memberships cost $10 and entitle  you to purchase shares in the organization if you wish. For more information contact Teresa Miller at   •
There is still time to review the Eastern Beaches Basement Flooding Study carried out by the City. The aim of the study is to develop a plan to reduce the amount of stormwater entering storm and sanitary sewers, thereby limiting the possibility of water ending up in neighbourhood basements. The study is on display at the Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E., until Friday, Sept. 7.

The Girl Guides group in the Balmy Beach neighbourhood is looking for energetic, enthusiastic and committed women to become leaders. Training and support will be provided. Call 416-693-8414 for more information about joining one of the largest women’s organizations in the world.

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