News in Brief

Beginning June 29, GO Transit will run trains every 30 minutes along the Lakeshore line. This expansion has been in the works since 2006. Watch for new schedules in mid-May.

Beaches-East York MP Matthew Kellway will host ‘Jets over the Beach: A Community Discussion’ on Monday, May 13. Bring any questions and concerns to the East End Community Health Centre, 1619 Queen St. E. at Coxwell Avenue. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for a 6:30 p.m. start time.

On Thursday, May 16, Kellway will hold an interactive panel discussion on food security. Panelists include Wayne Roberts, a food policy analyst and writer, and Carl Cosack and Donna Tranquada of Food & Water First. The event will be held at Danforth Mennonite Church, 2174 Danforth Ave., from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information about both these events, call 416-467-0860 or visit

Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon hosts her annual Community Environment Day and Festival at Ted Reeve Arena on Thursday, May 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. Drop off items for recycling or donation and pick up information about environmental initiatives. Pick up compost for the garden, too. Stay for a barbecue and musical entertainment. For more information visit or call 416-392-1376.

Athletics Ontario is launching a series of “Try It” camps for anyone with a disability who is interested in trying track and field sports. The next camps will be held May 4 and May 25 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Birchmount Stadium in Scarborough. All camps are free of charge. Contact Kayle Cornale at kaylacornale[at] to register.

The East York Barbershoppers will hold their annual Charity Auction and Sale on Friday, May 3, at Harmony Hall, 2 Gower St. An early bird sale starts at 7 p.m. and auctioneer Matt Penstone gets the bidding going at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. This is the 45th year for this popular event. If you would like to donate items, please call George Shields at 416-751-6456.

Bells on Danforth, East End cyclists’ annual ride to promote bike lanes along the Danforth, is set for Saturday, May 11 beginning at noon at East Lynn Park. The whole family is welcome to join the parade along the Danforth to Bloor then south to Queen’s Park. Bike tune-ups and information will be available at the park prior to setting off. For more information visit

Cantemus Singers and their musical director Michael Erdman will hold their annual spring plant sale on Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12, at 14 Lyall Ave. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Money raised benefits the Emergency Food Bank at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Regent Park. Hundreds of garden perennials will be available. For more information or to volunteer please call 416-578-6602.

Members of the non-profit Potters Studio are getting ready for their annual spring sale, May 2 to 5, at Unit 16, 2 Thorncliffe Park Drive. This group of 40 potters has for 42 years been donating its proceeds to various charities such as Empty Bowls, Out of the Cold and the Gardiner Ceramic Museum, along with donating time and expertise to children’s arts and crafts projects. The sale runs Thursday and Friday from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information visit

REC Athletics is now taking registrations for the 2013 recreational ultimate frisbee season which starts May 15. Games are played Wednesdays at Stephenson Park. Register as a team or individually. The season is six weeks of regulation play followed by two weeks of playoffs. Games start at 6:15 and end at approximately 7:30 p.m. For more information visit

Kew Beach Naturopathic Clinic is celebrating Naturopathic Medicine Week May 6 to 12 with some special events. Free wellness talks will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Times and topics vary so contact the clinic for more information. One-on-one consults will also be available by appointment. The clinic is located at 2010 Queen St. E. on the second floor. Call 416-690-6168 to find out more.

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