News in Brief

Community Centre 55 will hold its annual Winter Carnival on Saturday, Jan. 26. Beginning at 9 a.m. the good cooks at CC55 will be serving up a pancake breakfast for only $3 per person. Across the street at Kimberley Public School, the outdoor events will be gearing up. Organizers can’t promise snow but they are promising cross country ski races at 10:30 a.m., toboggan races at 11 a.m., an ice hunt at 11:30 a.m., snow shoe races at noon, plus a lot more snowy fun in the afternoon, including a snow toss, ring around the reindeer and penguin races. A bake sale and refreshments round out the festivities. Kimberley P.S. and CC55 are located at the corner of Main Street and Swanwick Avenue. For more information contact Evonne at 416-691-1113.

Join Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon on Tuesday, Jan. 29, for a Toronto Transit Commission Customer Service Talk at The Naval Club, 1910 Gerrard St. E., at 7 p.m. The TTC’s Chief Customer Officer Chris Upfold will talk about how the TTC is planning to modernize service. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.
On Monday, Feb. 4, Councillor McMahon will host a Toronto Transportation Information Session at the Balmy Beach Club at 7 p.m. This meeting is part of the Ward 32 Visioning Study. The Balmy Beach Club is located at the foot of Beech Avenue at the lake. For more information on both events, call Councillor McMahon’s office at 416-392-1376.

The Ice Masters will hold their annual Winter Fest, a Bowmore School community event, on Saturday, Feb. 2. The Ice Masters are a dedicated group of volunteers who set up and maintain the outdoor rink in Fairmount Park, keeping it shoveled and flooded as weather dictates. Winter Fest runs from approximately 2 to 4 p.m. and offers a hot dog barbecue, hot chocolate and cider, a woodstove warm-up area, and a ski and skate swap. The Ice Master’s own band, The Lost Boys, will provide the music.

The Leslieville Farmers’ Market will hold its second annual Souper Bowl fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 3 at Le Papillon on the Park. Beginning at 10 a.m., the restaurant’s Chef Lukas and his team will cook, outside, a (literal) ton of French Onion Soup (made with chemical-free onions). Dessert is their traditional Pouding Chomeur, a French Canadian upside down caramel cake. Bring your own bowl and spoon to this Pay What You Can event. All money raised will go toward the market’s city permits, insurance fees and other administrative and operational costs. For more information visit

The Danforth/Coxwell Library will host a screening of Home Safe Toronto on Wednesday, Jan 23 from 6:30-8 p.m. The film explores how the effects of recession force families with low wages to choose between keeping a roof over their heads or putting food on the table. The film is presented by Skyworks, a non-profit organization.

Kindergarten registration at local public schools will begin soon. Adam Beck, at 400 Scarborough Rd., will hold its registration on Wednesday, Feb. 6, by appointment only. To book either a daytime or evening appointment, call the school’s office at 416-393-1682. Kew Beach registration will take place afternoons from Tuesday, Feb. 5 to Friday, Feb. 8. Call the school at 416-393-1810 to set up an appointment. All children registering must turn four years of age by Dec. 31, 2013, and parents or caregivers must provide birth certificate, health card, immunization card and proof of address.

The Bowmore Public School community is holding a Free the Children fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 8 to help raise money to send former student Sophie Stevens to Africa. Stevens, who is now a student at Rosedale School of the Arts, plans to help build schools and wells in Kenya. The fundraiser will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 243 Coxwell Ave., from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 for age 16 and under. The event features live music (The Unemployed, Mr. Butters Band, and more), pizza, a bake sale (for which donations are greatly appreciated) and raffles. To get your ticket, or for more information, call 416-466-9509.

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