News in Brief

An Antique and Jewelry Appraisal Party will be held at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., on Monday, Oct. 1.
Here is your chance to find out if that painting you bought at a yard sale in 1995 is actually worth anything. In addition to art, appraisers from Treasure Antiques will look at jewelry, men’s watches, Moorcroft pottery, evening bags, sterling silver flatware, porcelain figurines, ivory, bronze and marble sculptures, Russian antiques, and Oriental rugs. So start cleaning out those dark corners in the basement and bring your items to CC55 between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
For more information call 416-691-1113.

Operation Springboard will hold its 12th annual Walkathon on Friday, Oct. 5 at Ashbridges Bay Park. Proceeds from the walk provide residential and day programs for young adults living with developmental disabilities.
Registration is free but donations are welcome, and participants who raise more that $50 will receive an event t-shirt. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. A complimentary brunch with Toronto Police Services and Toronto Fire Services will follow the walkathon.
For more information, or to register or donate, visit

Beach United Church and St. Aidan’s Anglican Church will hold a Blessing of Animals on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. at St. Aidan’s,  located at Queen Street East and Silver Birch Avenue. (St. Aidan’s is the temporary home of Beach United while that church undergoes renovations.) Guest speaker will be Tatiana Santini who, along with her disabled dog Lexie, was featured in Beach Metro News’ Aug. 28 issue. All people and pets are welcome.
For more information call 416-691-2222 or 416-691-8082.

Area farmers’ markets are celebrating fall with Harvest Festivals.
East Lynn Farmers’ Market will hold its event on Thursday, Oct. 4 at East Lynn Park (on the Danforth just west of Woodbine), where the market runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information visit
Over at Jonathan Ashbridge Park, at Queen Street East and Woodfield Road, the Leslieville Market will hold its Harvest Festival on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information visit

Runners in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will be pounding the pavement in the Beach on Sunday, Oct. 14.
The eastern leg of the marathon covers Eastern Avenue, Lake Shore Boulevard, Coxwell Avenue and Queen Street East to Beech Avenue. If you would like to cheer on the participants, many of whom are from the Beach, plan to join the official Beach Cheering Section at Kew Gardens between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. There will be music, fun and camaraderie and all proceeds raised will support Community Centre 55.
For more information visit

Over 100 of Canada’s top chefs will be cooking up a storm at Soupstock on Sunday, Oct. 21, in Woodbine Park.
This event is a follow-up to last year’s Foodstock, where chefs, farmers and supporters feasted and protested against the proposed Mega-Quarry. Soupstock begins at 11 a.m. and winds up at 4 p.m. If you would like to help out, volunteers are welcomed.
Visit for all the details.

The Beaches Library is the first one in Toronto to offer an outdoor reading room. Patrons will now be able to sit and enjoy their favourite books beneath the shade trees in Kew Gardens.

Community Centre 55 is offering a couple of seniors’ trips over the next few months, but because they sell out quickly, it is best to book early.
On Thursday, Nov. 8, the Fashion Outlets Niagara Falls & Wine Tour will depart from CC55 at 8 a.m. and return at 6:30 p.m. Visit the fashion outlets in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and the Chateau De Charmes Winery in the Niagara wine region. The cost is $50 per person. A valid passport is needed for this trip.
On Wednesday, Feb. 20 of next year, climb aboard the Credit Valley Snow Train for a scenic  rail tour of the Credit Valley. The $85 ticket includes lunch.
To book your seat call Evonne at 416-691-1113 ext. 222.

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