News in Brief

Beach history buffs are invited to the inaugural meeting of the revived Ward 32 Historical Society. Meet tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E., at 7 p.m. For more information call 416-392-1376.

Beaches-East York MP Matthew Kellway will host a community celebration of International Mother Language Day (IMLD) on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Crescent Town Community Centre, 2A The Market Place. The event features a cultural celebration and an outdoor ceremony marking IMLD. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the program begins at 8 p.m.
The next meeting of the East End Sustainability Network will be Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. MPs Kellway and Craig Scott (Toronto-Danforth) invite community groups and citizens concerned about the urban environment to come out and get involved. Meetings are held monthly at the East End Community Health Centre, 1619 Queen St. E.
On Friday, March 1, MP Kellway will present the newest documentary film from director and filmmaker Fuad Chowdhury, at Crescent Town Community Centre at 7 p.m. (doors will open at 6:30 p.m.). Change Your Name Ousama! (How Canadian Muslims Were Marginalized by 9/11) explores how the actions of a small group of religious extremists on Sept. 11, 2001, adversely affected Canadian Muslims during the ensuing period of Islamophobia. There is no charge for the screening and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more info, call Kellway’s constituency office at 416-467-0860 or email

Community Centre 55 is holding its second annual Ladle it Up! Fundraiser at the Centre, 97 Main St., on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Local pub, The Gull and Firkin, is defending its title at this year’s soup-making competition against The Feathers pub and the cooks at CC55. Admission is $5 to sample some delicious dinner-time fare and vote for who you think should win the Silver Ladle Trophy. All proceeds go to Community Centre 55. For more information call 416-691-1113.

Friday, March 1, is World Day of Prayer and this year’s local service will be held at Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd., at 7 p.m. The service is called I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me. Christians in more than 170 countries around the world and 2,000 communities in Canada will be observing this day of prayer.

A Health Recovery Class Open House will be held at Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi, 1430 Kingston Rd., on Saturday, March 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., as part of the location’s fifth anniversary celebrations. The practice of Taoist Tai Chi can help those working through injury, stress, physical inactivity, chronic disease and aging increase strength, balance and flexibility. There will be demonstrations and testimonials at the event. For more information call 416-461-1043 or visit

Applegrove Community Complex will hold its second annual Seniors’ Health Fair at Duke of Connaught Public School, 60 Woodfield Rd., on Saturday, March 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 55+ Active Living and Information Fair will offer exhibits and demonstrations such as Tai Chi, Nordic Pole Walking, Home Health Care, Community Services, Vacations and lots more. To register or for more information call 416-461-8143.

The Twyla Project continues to gather steam and support for Twyla Gendron. In 2010, the Scarborough woman was diagnosed with breast cancer, was downsized from her job, and lost her husband to cancer. Her friends have rallied round and organized a fundraising project to help her keep her home. To date the group has raised $24,000. Most recently, the host of TV’s Income Property, Scott McGillivray, has signed on to renovate her basement into a revenue-producing apartment slated to be completed at the beginning of March (and not for broadcast on the show). For more on the Twyla Project, visit

One of the Beach’s most famous sons, Glenn Gould, was honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the 2013 Grammy Awards. Gould, who died in 1982 at the age of 50, received four Grammy awards for his classical piano renditions.

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