News in Brief

The Greater Beach Neghbourhood Association (GBNA) is holding a public meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17, to update residents about the group’s upcoming appearance at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) opposing a proposed condo development at Queen Street East and Woodbine Avenue. Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon and others will be on hand to address questions and concerns. The meeting will be at Kew Beach Public School, 101 Kippendavie Ave., from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The GBNA will hold a fundraiser on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, 70 Silver Birch Ave., to raise money for legal costs at the OMB. The ‘Beatles’ themed concert features music by Martin Gladstone, Frank Caruso and Brenton Chan’s Beatles Ballads project. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors/students. Email or visit for more information.

Help beautify Gerrard Street East with the Beach Hill Neighbourhood Association at its planting day and social on Saturday, Sept. 21. Starting at 3 p.m. in the parking lot by 1906 Gerrard St. E., the group will plant perennials along the street for an hour before tucking into goodies from the Blue Chip food truck and then meeting for dinner and a potluck dessert at the music-filled Naval Club at 1910 Gerrard St. E. until 8 p.m. See for more information.

The Children’s Peace Theatre is hosting the East End Poetry Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28 from noon to 4 p.m. This free event features Poet Laureate of Toronto George Elliott Clarke, workshops with poets from RISE Poetry, music by the Emily Steinwall Quartet and free food from Grillies restaurant. The event is co-presented by the City of Toronto and East End Arts and will be held at 305 Dawes Rd. For more information visit

Community Centre 55 is the driving force behind a classic car show and shine at Ted Reeve Arena, at the corner of Gerrard Street East and Main Street, on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, and there will be prizes. All proceeds from food sales go to CC55’s year-round programs.

Nutritionist Sheila Ream will be on hand Monday, Sept. 30 at Community Centre 55 to help families learn to make good eating choices. To book a free half-hour appointment between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., call Evonne at 416-691-1113 extension 222.

Beach residents with antiques can have them appraised by Treasure Antiques from noon until 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7 at Community Centre 55. Fine art, silver, china, clocks, jewelry, watches and decorative art objects are all welcome at $5 per appraisal, and Treasure Antiques will offer to buy or consign high-quality items. For more information call 416-691-1113.

Novice curlers are invited to a curling open house at Scarboro Golf and Country Club on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Expert free instruction will be provided by the in-house professional. For more information call 416-266-4546 extension 224.

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