News in Brief

Beaches-East York MP Matthew Kellway and Toronto Danforth MP Craig Scott will host a meeting of the East End Sustainability Network on Saturday, Nov. 24. Anyone concerned about the sustainability of the urban environment is welcome to attend. The meeting will be held at the East End Community Health Centre, 1619 Queen St. E. (at Coxwell Avenue). Doors open at 9:45 a.m. and the session runs from 10 a.m. to noon. To confirm your attendance call 416-467-0860.
Then on Sunday, Dec. 9, meet Kellway and his family at his annual Holiday Party Open House at the constituency office, 155 Main St., from 2 to 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come in and mix and mingle with community members, neighbours and friends. This event is family-friendly and light refreshments will be available. For more information or to RSVP, call Elaine at 416-467-0860 or email

The Friends of Stephenson Park will hold their first meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., at 7 p.m. Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon  and city staff will be on hand to discuss plans for the park. Contact the councillor’s office at 416-392-1376 for more information.

Councillor McMahon invites everyone to come out to the Naval Club, 1910 Gerrard St. E., on Thursday, Nov. 29, to celebrate the 25 parks and parkettes in the Ward. ‘Friends of Parks’ groups, individuals and newcomers are especially welcome to provide updates on the happenings in their local green spaces. The event gets started at 7:30 p.m. For more information call the councillor’s office at 416-392-1376 or email

Ontario New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath will be the guest speaker at the Annual General Meeting of the Beaches-East York NDP Riding Association on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Hope United Church, 2550 Danforth Ave., (at Main Street). Doors will open for coffee and conversation at 9 a.m. and the meeting will get started at 10 a.m. The space is accessible and childcare will be available. For more information email beyndp or call 416-275-6059.

Councillor McMahon will hold a Toronto Water Information Session on Monday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Balmy Beach Club, to discuss information garnered through the Queen Street Visioning Study. For more information email or call 416-392-1376.

Community Centre 55 is inviting travellers to come along on a bus trip to Owen Sound on Thursday, Dec. 6, for a day of holiday festivities, art and history. The ‘Art & Lights Tour’ will stop at the Dufferin County Museum for a guided tour and a chance to shop at its ‘Holiday Treasures’ Craft Show. Next up is a visit to the Billy Bishop Museum for a history lesson, followed by a turkey dinner with all the trimmings at the Stone Tree Golf Club. The day concludes with a drive along the riverbank to take in one of the largest Christmas light displays in the province, where 13 km of light strings illuminate downtown Owen Sound. Meet at CC55, 97 Main St., at 11 a.m. and return at 10:30 p.m. The cost is $80 per person and must be pre-booked. Call Evonne at 416-691-1113.

Pegasus Community Project is holding a Christmas Gift and Bake Sale on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, at the Gardener’s Cottage in Kew Gardens. All gift items have been made by participants, staff and volunteers at Pegasus and money raised will go to support the programs offered by this non-profit organization for adults with disabilities.

Amnesty International Group 123 – The Beach will hold its annual ‘Write for Rights’ letter-writing event on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at St. John the Baptist, Norway Anglican Church, 470 Woodbine Ave., from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Here is an opportunity to take part in what the organization calls the world’s biggest human rights event, where writing a letter may save a life. The group will meet in the basement level of the church and refreshments will be provided. For more information email or visit

Community Centre 55 will hold a Flu Shot Clinic on Monday, Dec. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. The single vaccination, administered by Toronto EMS personnel, contains H1N1 and two other strains. For more information call Evonne at 416-691-1113 ext. 222.

The Beaches Me to We Club is calling on all young people to have their voices heard and make a difference on local and global issues. The club will meet on Monday afternoons from 4 to 5:15 p.m. at the Beaches Recreation Centre, 6 Williamson Rd. For more information email

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