News in Brief

Kindergarten registration in the Toronto Catholic District School Board for children born in 2009 has begun. In local schools, parents will have a couple of evenings when they can register their little ones.
At St. Denis School, 67 Balsam Ave., JK registration will be held Thursday, Jan. 17 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Telephone the school at 416-393-5310 for more information. St. John School will hold an extended JK registration on Friday, Jan. 18 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. For more information call the school at 416-393-5220.
When registering, you will need to provide your child’s birth certificate (or certificate of citizenship or landed immigrant status), Catholic baptismal certificate (or other proof of Catholicity), Ontario health card and immunization record and proof of residency in Toronto. For general information call 416-222-8282 ext. 5314 or visit

Fallingbrook Presbyterian Church, 35 Wood Glen Rd., will hold its annual Robbie Burns Dinner and Ceilidh on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 5:30 p.m. This sell-out homage to the Scottish poet features dinner, songs, readings, Highland and Scottish Country dancing and more. Tickets are $30 per person. To reserve your ticket call 416-699-3084 or email

A documentary film, The Economics of Happiness, will be screened at the Beach Business Hub on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. The film turns the lens on national happiness, globalization and localization, and offers some solutions. A discussion will follow. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 13. Popcorn is included in the price. Space is limited. RSVP to Martina at 647-748-1311 or email
The Beach Business Hub will also host a series of social media workshops in January. Find out how to use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more to optimize your business. For dates and times, email

Applegrove Community Centre will host its annual YogaThon on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Bring your own yoga mat and get ready to stretch through over 100 ‘Salute to the Sun’ sequences, led by professional yoga instructors. Refreshments are included.
This event raises funds for Applegrove’s early learning activities for children up to age six, the pre- and post-natal nutrition program, and the therapeutic play group for parents. Suggested fee is $20 either through pledges or as an admission fee, or a combination. For more information and to register, visit or call 416-461-8143. Applegrove is located at 60 Woodfield Rd.

Kidproof Workshops will be held at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., on Sunday, Jan. 20. Stranger Smarts, which will teach children how to make safety decisions, begins at 11:30 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. Never Bee Lost teaches children how to be stay safe if they become separated from their parents or caregivers, and runs from 2 to 3 p.m. For information call Lainey at 416-691-1113 ext 223 or email
CC55 will also host a two-part seminar for seniors: Preventing Falls Step By Step, presented by East End Community Health Centre. Find out how to prevent falls, get some home and seasonal safety tips, and gain access to local services and resources. The program will be held Monday, Jan. 21 and Monday, Jan. 28 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. For more information call Shirin at 416-778-5805 ext. 228 or Evonne at 416-691-1113 ext. 222.

The Concerned Citizens of Quarry Lands Development (CCQLD) will be holding their 2013 Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, 33 East Rd., starting at 7:30 p.m. Memberships in CCQLD can be renewed or purchased at the meeting for a cost of $10.
The CCQLD board will update the community on recent developments. These include a recent Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) appearance by Gerrard Clonmore Developments (GCD), where the OMB ruled in favour of GCD related to high rise zoning rights. Build Toronto also revealed plans in recent months for its land on the western end of the site, including a low rise residential development, some park land and a retail development fronting onto Victoria Park.

Variety Village will be the site of a charity smack-down on Sunday, Jan. 20, as Squared Circle Wrestling brings its Golden Hearts event to the Village. Tickets are $15 at the door, with all proceeds going to Variety. Doors open at 3:30 p.m., with a 4 p.m. bell time.

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