News in Brief

The Beach and East Toronto Historical Association will meet tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E., from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This is the second meeting the group has held and anyone wishing to learn more about the history of the Beach community is urged to attend. The library is wheelchair accessible.

The Friends of Norwood Park will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., beginning at 7 p.m. to discuss improving and maintaining the park. A follow-up meeting will be held in January to discuss the various proposals.
Norwood Park is located just south of Gerrard Street East, one block west of Main Street, and houses a playground, tennis courts, and a dog leash-free area. The Friends group is welcoming new members and anyone who cares about the future of the park. For more information, or if you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to voice your interest, visit and use the Feedback Form under the Contact tab.

Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, along with City of Toronto staff, will lead an Accessibility Walk along Queen Street East on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The purpose of the walk is to locate problem areas that persons with physical or visual disabilities or impairments might encounter.
The group will meet at the Starbucks at the corner of Queen Street East and Brookmount Road, proceed along the north side of Queen Street to Lee Avenue, then return to the starting point along the south side of Queen. If you would like to join or want more information, call Laurie Smith at 416-392-1376 or email

Author Vincent Lam will read from his latest book, The Headmaster’s Wager, on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Taylor Library, 1440 Kingston Rd., at 7 p.m.
Lam was an emergency room physician who worked at Toronto East General Hospital. His first book, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, won the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize. The Headmaster’s Wager takes place in Saigon during the Vietnam War. Lam’s reading is part of the Author Visits series held regularly at the library. For more information, call 416-396-8939.

Pet Appreciation Day takes place Saturday, Dec. 1 at Community Centre 55 from 2 to 5 p.m. Learn how to create happy dogs, cats, and families through fun, community and education. Information booths will be set up to answer questions about pet nutrition, adoption, training and more. Fido will even be able to try his paw at a dog agility obstacle course. This event is free. For more information call 416-691-1113.

Flu shots will be available at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., on Monday, Dec. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. The vaccination, administered by Toronto EMS, contains H1N1 and two other strains. For more information call Evonne at 416-691-1113 ext. 222.

Community Centre 55 is the venue for ‘Healthy Snacks & Lunches Without Refined Sugar’, a presentation by Real Food for Families, on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Find out how to make easy, nutritious and cost-efficient lunches and snacks, with no hidden sugars, and then take home the recipes. The presenters will also be able to answer any questions about nutrition. Real Food for Families is comprised of a team of nutritionists that promotes fresh foods that our grandmothers would recognize. For more information about this event, call Community Centre 55 at 416-691-1113.

The Catholic Children’s Aid Society will hold a Foster Care Information Night on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Anyone who has ever considered becoming a Foster Parent is welcome to attend. Please register by calling 416-395-0558 or email

Bundle up the kids, fill the thermos with hot chocolate, and bring the blankets and lawn chairs over to Kingston Road on Sunday, Nov. 25 for the 7th annual Beach Christmas Parade, presented by Community Centre 55 and the businesses of Kingston Road Village.
The theme of this year’s parade is ‘Jingle Bells’ and it offers something for everyone. Beginning at 1 p.m., floats and bands will march along Kingston Road starting at Neil McNeil school on Victoria Park Avenue (south of Kingston Road), west to Walter Street. The procession will then head north on Walter, winding through the Upper Beach neighbourhood and ending at Community Centre 55, where there will be a post-parade party with Hamper and Santa.
Please bring a toonie to support CC55’s Share-A-Christmas program. For more information email or call 416-691-1113 ext. 224.

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