News in Brief

A free screening of Thank You For Smoking will be held at the East End Community Health Centre, 1619 Queen St. E., on Thursday, Feb. 7. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 6 p.m. EECHC shows a free movie the first Thursday of each month. To find out what’s coming up, call 416-778-5858.

Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon will host a Community Consultation Meeting about the two development applications at Queen  and Woodbine on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Balmy Beach Club. Representatives from the city’s planning department will be in attendance to hear residents’ thoughts about the proposed developments. For more information call Councillor McMahon’s office at 416-392-1376.

A Valentine’s Dinner and Dance will be held on Friday, Feb. 15 at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 11, 9 Dawes Rd. The bar opens at 6 p.m., dinner will start at 7 p.m., and The Uptown Swing Band will provide music.Tickets are $20 per person ($25 at the door), available at the bar. Call 416-699-1353.

Grant African Methodist Episcopal Church is celebrating its 180th anniversary with a special service on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. The congregation welcomes special guest preacher The Right Reverend Philip R. Cousin, accompanied by his wife, Dr. M. Joan Cousin, with music provided by the Grant AME Mass Choir. The church’s new front steps will also be dedicated during this service. Grant AME is located at 2029 Gerrard St. E., one block east of Woodbine Avenue. For more information call 416-690-5169, email or visit

On Monday, Feb. 18, spend some Family Day time on the ice at Ted Reeve Community Arena. This free Family Day skate runs from noon to 4 p.m. and includes free hot dogs and hot chocolate. Organizers would like to ensure everyone who wants to skate gets a chance, so are asking for donations of gently-used skates that can be provided to those needing them on Family Day (first come, first served). Please drop off your skate donations to the arena by Feb. 8.

The Coxwell TTC Station is getting a makeover, beginning this summer. TTC staff will hold an open house on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave., to provide details and answer questions. Planned renovations to the station include new elevators, a resurfaced bus loop, landscaping and new lighting. The plans also call for a youth arts mural to be displayed on the construction hoarding. For more information call 416-392-1376.

The West Scarborough Seniors Travel Club and Community Centre 55 are leading a cross-border shopping trip to Buffalo on Thursday, March 7. Stops include the Burlington Coat Factory, Walden Galleria and Transit Plaza, followed by a buffet dinner at Ponderosa. Tickets are $65. Participants will be picked up at CC55 at 7:45 a.m. and dropped off at the same location at 7:30 p.m. Reservations must be made by Monday, March 1. Call Evonne at 416-691-1113 ext. 222 to book.

Ontario’s favourite groundhog, Wiarton Willie, has predicted an early spring this year. With that in mind, there will be no excuse to be out of shape by the time the annual Spring Sprint rolls around on Saturday, April 6. As usual, there will be a 5 km run/walk along the boardwalk, and a 2 km run/walk for kids under 12. The event is hosted by the Beaches Recreation Centre Advisory Council. Volunteers are always welcome. For more information email

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