News in Brief

Roller derby returns to Ted Reeve Arena on Friday, June 28 with Clam Slam 2013, a Toronto Pride Affiliate event. Doors open at 6 p.m. with game one starting at 6:30 p.m. and game two at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $18 at the door. For links to advance tickets visit  or

Local historian and Beach Metro News history columnist Gene Domagala is leading two of his popular historic walks this summer.

On Monday, July 1, Domagala will guide history lovers through the leafy and lore-filled Kew Gardens district. Beginning at 1 p.m. at the Beaches Library, the tour will travel the neighbouring streets and along the boardwalk, stopping by, among others, the Leuty Lifeguard Station and Kew Williams (Gardeners) Cottage.

On Sunday, Aug. 4, meet your tour guide at the corner of Woodbine and Danforth Avenues, where Domagala will lead you along this busy thoroughfare to Dawes Road. Along the way there will be stops and stories at Cedarvale, Danforth Mennonite Church, Coleman Corners and the Empringham Hotel. Everyone is welcome.

Local parks will set the scene again this summer for Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon’s ‘Movies Under the Stars’ nights. With the help of the various park groups, McMahon will host screenings of family-friendly movies.

On Wednesday, July 3, bring your lawn chair and a blanket and settle in for Indiana Jones – Curse of the Crystal Skull at Fairmount Park. Showtime is 8 p.m. At Moncur Park on Wednesday, July 10, Escape From Planet Earth is playing. Watch The Princess Bride at East Lynn Park on Thursday, Aug. 22. Life of Pi will be on the ticket at Jonathan Ashbridge Park on Sunday, Aug. 25, and Stephenson Park will play Rise of the Guardians on Saturday, Sept. 14. For more information call 416-392-1376.

While construction is continuing on the Toronto Transit Commission’s Leslie Barns streetcar storage yard, the project’s community office at 1258 Queen St. E., at Hastings Avenue, will be open throughout the summer from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, or evenings by appointment. Visit for more information.

St. Nicholas Birch Cliff Anglican Church will hold a blessing of bicycles on Saturday, July 13. A short service that includes a prayer of safety and a sprinkling of water on the bikes will be held in the church’s garden. Prizes will be awarded for best decorated boys’ and girls’ bikes. St. Nicholas Church is located at 1512 Kingston Rd. For more information call 416-691-0449.

The Toronto chapter of Children’s International Summer Villages will hold an event in Kew Gardens on Saturday, July 13. CISV International was founded in 1946 by American psychologist Doris Allen who believed the best hope for creating world peace was to teach children of different nationalities to respect and understand each other before they could be exposed to prejudice.

Today the organization has grown to 221 chapters in 70 countries. The local chapter is celebrating its 30th anniversary by holding this event where teens from a dozen countries will perform songs and dances representative of their various homelands. The delegates will also have displays set up about their countries, and welcome the opportunity to talk with members of the public. The event gets started at 2 p.m. For more information visit

The Friends of Glen Stewart Park will hold its initial meeting on Wednesday, July 17, from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St. For more information email or phone 416-686-3923.

The Leslieville Farmers’ Market will dedicate Sunday, July 21, to all things bees. For all the buzz about bees, visit Jonathan Ashbridge Park, located west of Queen Street East and Coxwell, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The website is

Fallingbrook Presbyterian Church is making it a little easier for anyone who can’t make it to Sunday services by holding services on Tuesday evenings. From July 2 to Sept. 3, the church will host guest ministers and musicians including pianists, cellists, a flautist, a celtic harp player, a violinist, a bluegrass group and singers. This casual service will begin at 7:30 p.m. and includes refreshments after. For more information visit

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