News in brief

The TTC will hold a Woodbine Station construction open house on Thursday, April 18, at Danforth Mennonite Church, 2174 Danforth Ave., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A three-year renovation project, which includes the installation of two new elevators, an underground walkway leading to a second exit and enhanced landscaping, is set to begin later this year. Displays will be set up at the open house and TTC staff will be on hand to answer questions. For more information visit and look for the heading ‘TTC Construction’.


April 22 is Earth Day, an environmental awareness day first held in the United States in 1970 and now celebrated around the world. Locally, neighbourhood cleanups are being organized where residents can pitch in and pick up all the debris and detritus that built up over the winter.

On Friday, April 19, the Kingston Road Village Business Association, along with the Pegasus Community Project, will host a cleanup starting at 931 Kingston Rd. at 10:30 a.m.

On Saturday, April 20, there will be two opportunities to help out. The first, hosted by Gerrard East Community Organization (GECO) and Gerrard India Bazaar, will begin at 10 a.m. at the corner of Coxwell Avenue and Gerrard Street. At 2 p.m., join the Danforth East Community Association (DECA) and Danforth Mosaic at East Lynn Park for the Danforth East Cleanup. Participants are asked to bring their own gloves.

The Beach Hill Community Association will be tidying up the Upper Gerrard neighbourhood, at the top of Fairmount Park, on Sunday, April 21, beginning at 11 a.m.

The Real Diaper Association is sponsoring the Great Cloth Diaper Change on Saturday, April 20, at Bizzy Bee Playcentre, suite 204 in The Beach Mall, 1971 Queen St. E.. The event gets underway at 10 a.m. The non-profit organization encourages the use of cloth diapers and this event will attempt to break a Guinness World Record for a simultaneous diaper change at multiple locations worldwide. There will be prizes for parents and babies, and each baby will receive a certificate of completion showing they helped break a Guinness World Record. Pre-registration is required at gcdctoronto.weebly. com. For more information contact Tricia Madill at

Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., is holding an antiques appraisal on Monday, April 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Find out from antiques experts how much that painting you bought at a yard sale in 1992 is actually worth. Appraisers will  charge $5 per item. For more information call 416-691-1113.

Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon is holding a community meeting on Tuesday, April 30 at Danforth Public Library, 1675 Danforth Ave., about the Carmelina Condos development on Danforth Avenue just west of Woodbine. Local residents will be able to meet with Councillor McMahon and the project’s developers between 6:30 and 8:15 p.m. For more info contact Councillor McMahon at 416-392-1376.

The folks at Community Centre 55 want to collect all your leftover and discarded electronics at their e-waste collection day on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. Bring your old VCRs, TVs, cameras, cell phones, copiers, computers, fax machines and answering machines to the parking lot of 97 Main St. All collected materials will be properly re-used or recycled and all proceeds will go toward CC55’s year-round programs. For a full list of accepted items, or for more information, call Evonne or Cameron at 416-691-1113.

There will be a St. Vincent de Paul ‘Bundle Up’ Collection on the weekend of May 4 and 5 in the parking lot of St. John’s Catholic Church at 794 Kingston Rd. This non-profit charity collects gently-used items such as clothes, shoes, linens and household goods and turns them over to families in need. Organizers ask that items be bagged and tied to prevent spoiling. Volunteers will be accepting items on Saturday before and after 4:30 p.m. mass, and on Sunday from 9 to 11 a.m.

Malvern Collegiate is celebrating its 110th anniversary with an all-decades reunion on Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12. All Malvernites are invited to attend, but please register at Updates are available on the Malvern Red and Black Society’s Facebook page and at Facebook’s event page, ‘Malvern CI’s 110th Anniversary and Reunion’. Registration forms, along with more information, are available at

The Steps for Life 5K memorial walk will take place Saturday, May 4 at Ashbridges Bay. Money raised from the walk goes to the Threads of Life charity, providing support to families of those who have lost their lives in workplace accidents. For more information visit

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