News in Brief

Bard in the Park is back for another season of Shakespeare under the shade trees in Kew Gardens. This year’s production, the comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor, runs today, Tuesday, June 11 to Sunday, June 16. Curtain time is 7 p.m. every day, and a 2 p.m. matinee will be performed both Saturday and Sunday. Bring a lawn chair or blanket as seating is limited. A $10 donation is suggested. Kew Gardens is located on Queen Street East at Lee Avenue. For more information visit or call 416-529-5178.

The Friends of Monarch Park are inviting community feedback about proposed tree plantings for the park. City of Toronto Natural Resource Specialist Uyen Dias has created a map of various plantings to improve the tree canopy and to replace six mature trees that fell during a storm last fall. The map will be available for the public to see on Thursday, June 13. Dias has included a diverse selection of tree species, including native species and flowering trees. Anyone wishing to take a look and make a comment should plan to attend. Meet at the northeast corner of the park at 7 p.m.

Community Centre 55 and the Kimberley Parents Council are holding their annual Family Fun Night on Thursday, June 13 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The event, which will be held at Kimberley Public School at the corner of Main Street and Swanwick Avenue, features games, water slides and a barbecue. For more information call 416-691-1113.

Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon is once again hosting neighbourhood movie nights in local parks. On Wednesday, June 26, Kung Fu Panda will be showing in Norwood Park, at Gerrard Street East and Norwood Road, at 8 p.m. Councillor McMahon will supply the popcorn – you just have to bring your chair or a blanket and enjoy the show. To find out more call 416-392-1376.

The Community Centre 55 graffiti crew will be hard at work this summer, removing tags and transforming heavily tagged walls into works of art by creating murals. The Graffiti Removal & Information Program, which operates from July 8 to August 23, offers its services to local residents and businesses for a fee. Contact Program Director, Evonne Hossack, at 416-691-1113 or email

Two local beaches – Kew-Balmy Beach and Woodbine Beach – will be flying blue flags this summer, indicating they have achieved international standards in water quality, environmental management, environmental education and safety and services. The Blue Flag program was established in Canada in 2005 to recognize beaches that not only have great water quality but also have lifeguards and lifesaving equipment, work at protecting the natural environment and educate the community about environmental improvement and protection.

Students at Malvern Collegiate Institute will hold a fundraising event, called Kizuna Night, on Wednesday, June 19 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. In addition to raising funds for the ongoing Japanese tsunami recovery efforts, the evening will also celebrate this past winter’s successful exchange with students from Japan. The Malvern students are hosting this event which features information displays and an auction. Admission is free but donations for the auction are needed. Call the school at 416-393-1480 if you can help. There is also a Facebook page called Kizuna Night. Malvern is located at 55 Malvern Ave., in the Main Street and Kingston Road neighbourhood.

Community Centre 55 is now booking seats for another of its popular seniors trips, this time to Midland for a visit to Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons Historic Park. This reconstructed village, originally built in 1639, is the site of the headquarters for the French Jesuit Mission. Re-enactors give visitors a glimpse of what life was like in 17th century Canada and illustrate the interaction between the French and Wendat Nation. The excursion is Thursday, Aug. 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tickets are $60. Contact Evonne at CC55 to book your ticket by Friday, July 16. Call 416-691-1113 ext. 222.

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